Dunkin' Donuts not welcome in Annapolis community

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It’s a tiny little community of privately owned stores, shops and restaurants that neatly sits in the shadow of the statehouse in Annapolis. And according to people who live and work in the area, historic West Street helps add character to Maryland’s state capitol.

But now all that is about to be invaded - some say by corporate America - by a Dunkin’ Donuts store.

Sarah Callahan says the donut shop would be out of place. She owns the 49 West Coffeehouse and Restaurant just across the street from where the proposed Dunkin’ Donuts is slated to move in.

Callahan knows a lot about the blueprint for West Street. When she and her husband opened their business 17 years ago, their shop was one of only two stores.

Other locals also weren’t warm to the idea of a Dunkin’ Donuts moving in to the site of a former Thai restaurant.

“I think it would ruin the downtown if they had the Dunkin’ Donuts put in down here,” said Adrienne Gelezinsky.

But like it or not, Dunkin’ Donuts is coming.

“We'll see how it goes I know that there was a McDonald's here that didn't last,” said Mike Wyland.