Thursday, July 2, 2009

Donuts & Flies Don't Mix

Via: Chicago Breaking News
Investigators from Mayor Daley's Dumpster Task Force today closed the Dunkin' Donuts/Baskin-Robbins fast-food location at 5130 N. Broadway due to a major infestation of flying insects.
The Task Force received a tip that things were buzzing at the eatery and confirmed it today, according to a news release from the Department of Streets and Sanitation.

More than 180 flying insects were spotted by inspectors virtually everywhere including crawling on 25 batches of donuts and bagels, on the ceiling mounted menu, in the food-selling and storage areas and inside the ladies rest room. The business was shuttered for the violations of inadequate pest control and for failure to protect food from cross contamination.

"This was one of the worst flying insect infestations that our inspectors have seen in a very long time," Josie Cruz, Deputy Commissioner of the department's Bureau of Rodent Control, said. "They are going to have to prove to us that they have revamped their house cleaning and pest control programs, cleaned and pest proofed their establishment and then ask for and pass a really tough follow-up re-inspection before they will be allowed to reopen."

Update: The restaurant passed inspection and was allowed to reopen July 6th.


  1. No more bacon-egg-and-cheese bagels for me from this location.

    It's a shame because it was nice to have a new and seemingly clean place to stop to grab something quickly in the mornings. I thought the DD on Wilson and Broadway was sketch, but they've been outdone!

  2. Great! This is my favorite DD. Guess that should be, "This was my favorite DD."

  3. perhaps i'm a bit biased, but i am always confused when i see people walking around with a dunkin' donuts cup. there are plenty of locally owned coffee shops in the neighborhood ... support the little people!!!

    i work at one, which is where the bias comes in, but even if i didn't i still would rather give my money to a neighbor than a corporation.

  4. I'm with ally,I always try to support the locally owned business. DD is overpriced for what they are anyway.Too many corparate owned locations drive out the little guy.{Jewel's donuts are just as good and cost less}

  5. DD is too corporate, but we should buy donuts at Jewel? Hehe...

  6. But aren't franchises locally owned businesses? I'm pretty sure all the Dunkin's and McDonalds are owned by local families. As far as locally owned one-off donut shops, anyone got any suggestions???? Pretty easy to say "don't buy corporate!" -- harder to find something "politically correct."

    I'm running out of DDs, though. Won't run the gauntlet of aggressive panhandlers at Wilson & Broadway. Now I won't patronize Fly Haven at Broadway and Foster. Hello, Montrose and Clark?

  7. Jewel is local not national and if you like a good donut there is an alternative for 30 cents less down the street.It is imposssible not to patronize corporations in our society, it's trying to frequent the ones doing the most local good.DD's CEO announced a year or so ago their ambitious expansion goals yet in my opinion the quality lacks for the price.Look at how Lakeview has changed from local to national on almost every corner.

  8. Jewel's parent company, or owners, is Supervalue, Inc. very much a national chain based out of Minneapolis.

  9. Curious, how many of you look at your 401k or pension plans (or what's left of them) and see how many Starbucks, Albertsons or Chase you own.

    The issue of local ownership is moot. Local identity is not. I don't care that Dollop is run by a Harvard grad, I care that is a comfortable coffee shop that attracts a diverse customer base from my neighborhood. I don't care who owns the Green Mill, but I love that by maintaining it's identity it attracts enough customers to stay in business a provide entertainment that I can find in few other places. While I generally don't patronize franchise operations, it isn't because of their ownnership, rather their bland and unattractive (to me) products. I do enjoy Starbucks' dark roasted coffee, the environment in most of their stores is too sterile to justify the cost.

    I love the diversity of Uptown and hope customers will decide individually that they will support businesses that offer products and services that appeal to them.

    Yes, Chicago School.

  10. From SuperValu's 2009 annual report:

    In fiscal 2009, SUPERVALU’s net sales increased $516 million, or 1.2 percent, to
    $44.6 billion for the year.

    They're HUGE!

  11. I thought Jewel is owned by Albertsons?

  12. Stark-

    That was a long time ago... Supervalue, an even bigger fish, ate Albertsons a couple of years ago.


    While I see your point...I think you're (notice the correct use of the two words folks) missing the point of the preference for local ownership. Franchisees, while by definition part of a chain of national or regional span, are often locally owned. Individual small businesses, regardless of the origin of the owners, if the owners are in and of the neighborhood, are generally more fully invested in the neighborhood.

  13. Speaking for me it's preserving the character of Uptown.Everywhere you go begins to look the same.There is a nebulousness to Subway,McDonald's,Starbucks etc. on every block. Yes corporations have money,employ people yet there's no distinction. I loved sitting in a Greek owned coffee house for instance like the old Lakeview on Ashland.

  14. whoskiddinwho... I'd love to patronize a local donut shop, but aside from our poor pathetic Duckin Donuts (gauntlet of beggars or Biblical plagues of flies), they no longer exist outside of photos on Flickr or Tracey Letts' imagination.

    It's all fine - admirable - to preserve the character of a neighborhood (and trust me, I do everything I can to spend my meager bucks locally). However, if something isn't available here, I don't feel a second of remorse (aside from the fact that I have to do it) about going corporate or outside the 'hood.

    Perhaps someday there'll be a more friendly retail climate, both politically and economically, where people from outside Uptown are attracted here to spend their money, instead of the reverse flow that so often happens today.

  15. Truman Square Nabr,That was from the heart.Saturday in the rain{wanting to go see Buddy Guy}I wandered up Broadway from Wilson to Lawrence just imagining what I'd do had I the money to in those two blocks.I see Uptown restored yet affordable not overran in droll blandness.We need plans that keep the uniqueness and encourage entrepreneurs to invest.