New England's (and my) favorite coffee shop, Dunkin', opened 76 years ago in Quincy, Massachusetts.

According to Dunkin's website:

In 1948, Bill Rosenberg opened a restaurant called “Open Kettle,” serving premium coffee and donuts. After brainstorming with some executives, he renamed his restaurant “Dunkin’ Donuts” in 1950. Why? Because what do you do with donuts? You dunk them in coffee!

As the years went by, many things changed, including the name and the menu.

In 1972, Dunkin' started serving Muchkins, the donut holes everyone likes today.

"In 1996, bagels were added to the menu, with Coolatta® frozen beverages and breakfast sandwiches introduced the following year," according to the Dunkin' website. "The number of restaurants continued to climb, from 100 in 1963 to 10,000 by 2011."

It is hard to imagine Dunkin' for anything other than what it is today...for some of us.

Take a look at what Dunkin' looked like in the 1980s.

I'm not sure about you, but that time of Dunkin' seems cool. It looks like a small-town diner/coffee shop.

Now as a '90s baby, I do not remember the pink hats that the workers wore. I also have never seen a Dunkin' that serves coffee in real mugs. It was only paper and styrofoam cups that I had ever seen.

I DO, however, vividly remember (and still call) Dunkin' "Dunkin' Donuts". I have such vivid memories of the bright pink colors and bags.

It is really cool to see where New England's favorite coffee shop started and is today. From small town to worldwide, you gotta run on Dunkin'.

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