Dunkin’ Donuts, the coffee and donut chain popular on the East Coast, rolled out the pink carpet for the opening of its first Southern California full-fledged restaurant Tuesday morning in Santa Monica.
Hours before the 5 a.m. opening, people were already camped out outside the store.
Photos and video captured a long line, an excited crowd and Dunkin’ Donuts’ mascot, a giant cup of coffee named Cuppy, greeting customers.
Dunkin’ Donuts opened its first California restaurant location in Modesto last week, according to the company’s website.
The chain also has locations at Camp Pendleton and a San Diego Embassy Suites, but the Modesto and Santa Monica locations are considered its first full-fledged restaurants in the state.
Dunkin’s dark roast coffee debuts at the Santa Monica and Modesto restaurants Tuesday before going to locations nationwide Sept. 22.
This post has been updated.