There might be a recession on the way, but American culture is doing just fine. Although we’ve said nunca más to Taco Bell, but we got the MLB coming our way, Rambo’s back in a way that Rocky Balboa could only dream of, and best of all is the surprising news that Dunkin’ Donuts is on its way to Shanghai.
We used to be jealous of Hong Kongers because they had Krispy Kreme, but that was just because that was the closest that a Chinese city came to having a real donut and coffee shop. The report states that Shanghai will see less than ten Dunkin’ Donuts stores open in Shanghai, but that already is something worth giving thanks for.
However, that leaves us with the nagging question of how much the coffee is going to cost. In the US, certain Starbucks stores in the Seattle area have started selling $1 coffees and offering free refills, and perhaps one of the reasons they are doing that is because they are feeling some pressure from low cost coffee purveyors such as Dunkin’ Donuts. Although we have given up on the hope of seeing the establishment of a classless society in our lifetimes, it would be nice if coffee were cheaper and more affordable for those of us with three to six cup a day habits.
Speaking of cheap coffee, we just went back to one of our old haunts, the Mr. Donuts on Huaihai Lu. Remember how back in the day, they used to have free refills of coffee? Well, no more. There really aren’t that many places that offer free refills of coffee—the only places we can name off the top of our heads are the diners—City Diner, Moon River Diner, and Steak and Eggs. What other places are there?