September 27, 2020 – West Bend, WI – The address, 1610 W. Washington Street, has now been posted in the window at the new Baskin Robbins / Dunkin’ store in West Bend.
Dunkin’ / Baskin Robbins slated to open
Construction got underway June 10, 2020 in the lot formerly home to Pizza Hut.
“We’re hoping for a late October opening for our new Dunkin’ and Baskin restaurant in West Bend,” said owner Emily Kettinger.
“Equipment will be coming in early October and then it’s just getting everything installed and the final touches coordinated. Hopefully we’ll be training new staff in the coming weeks.”
The 2,160-square-foot property is nearly complete as signage is expected in the coming weeks and the parking lot will be paved.
Neighbors have been eagerly anticipating the opening of the ice cream store and coffee shop.
This is the second time West Bend will be home to a Baskin Robbins 31 Flavors.
In 1974 Ken and Shirley Leisman opened the first Baskin Robbins in the West Bend Plaza.
“It was by the old Kohl’s Food Store in the mall on Main Street,” said Kathy Leisman Suchon, the daughter of the owners. “On the other end of the mall was Alston’s clothing store and we were right in that middle by the garden area on the right-hand side. I remember the whole front and side of the store were all windows.”
Suchon also remembered a Ben Franklin in the strip mall and RadioShack, 842. S Main Street.
Suchon said her parents got into the ice cream business because they really wanted to do something together. “They thought what is better than an ice cream parlor that brings families together and everyone is happy when they get ice cream and they just thought it would be really fun,” she said.
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