Malika Wright writes in The Alligator that a giant cup of coffee sloshed down the West University Avenue sidewalk across from campus Tuesday. Across its middle read “Dunkin’ Donuts.”
A new branch of the restaurant chain opened across from the Murphree Area on Tuesday, offering students food, coffee and a place to study.
Store owners David and Stephanie Hass said they will be open 24 hours, but hours may change depending on student demand.
UF sophomore Greg Manis said he prefers Dunkin’ Donuts coffee and food choices over Starbucks and plans to dine there at least once or twice a week.
“I think it’s great that they have provided an off-campus breakfast dining experience,” Manis said.
The restaurant has an outdoor patio and offers wireless Internet, Stephanie Hass said.
She said there’s a need for places that serve breakfast, but some people don’t realize that Dunkin’ Donuts has lunch options, too.
Dunkin’ Donuts has four kinds of sandwiches, according to the company’s Web site.
“We pride ourselves on a great product and great prices,” she said.
Its healthy menu, called DDSmart, makes it easy for people to be health-conscious when they are on the go. It has items with at least 25 percent fewer calories and 25 percent reduced sugar and fat, according to the Web site.
But freshman Stephanie Manone said she’ll stick with Starbucks for its tea and greater drink variety.
She said Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts are so different that she can’t really compare the two.
“Starbucks is a classy place to hang out and do homework, while Dunkin’ Donuts is a go-and-come-out kind of thing,” she said.