America may run on Dunkin’, but the Cayman Islands doesn’t anymore.
As of 5 May, the four Dunkin’ Donuts locations in Grand Cayman have closed and been replaced by a new “music café” concept going by the name of FrüzenBerry.
At the same time, Dunkin’ Donuts products have been removed from the six Esso gas station locations, which had just started selling Dunkin’ Donuts pastries and coffee at the beginning of this year.
FrüzenBerry Café and FrüzenBerry Self-Serve Frozen Yogurt are owned by Paul Aiken – formerly of Cayman, now of Dubai – who had owned Cayman’s Dunkin’ Donuts franchises since 2004.
Michelle King, director of global public relations for Dunkin’ Brands Inc., said via e-mail, “The four Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in the Cayman Islands are no longer operating. Our relationship with our former franchisee has been terminated.
“I am unable to provide any further information.”
Following inquiries from the Caymanian Compass, FrüzenBerry distributed a news release stating that, “FrüzenBerry Café in association with TribeUK and Master DJ Zepherin Saint, is the first music café and bakery concept to be launched globally”.
According to the news release, the cafés offer frozen yogurt, coffee and tea drinks, pastries and other food items.
“Although the paint is hardly dry, and the finishing touches are not quite complete, the FrüzenBerry Café is already proving popular with residents and locals alike”, said FrüzenBerry General Manager Hugo Moran-Soto.
Mr. Moran-Soto was also the general manager of Dunkin’ Donuts in Cayman.
The four FrüzenBerry locations are in the same spaces formerly occupied by Dunkin’ Donuts: Lawrence Boulevard on Seven Mile Beach, Anderson Square in George Town, Odessa Plaza in Bodden Town, and Morritt’s Plaza in East End.