Dunkin' Donuts announced the signing of a multi-unit store development agreement with new franchisees Amit and Kalpesh Patel, for Detroit, Michigan. The pair will develop four Dunkin' Donuts restaurants and one multi-brand unit with Baskin-Robbins, the world's largest chain of ice cream specialty shops. Their first restaurant is planned to open in 2017.

Second-generation franchisees and brothers Amit and Kalpesh Patel grew up working at their father's Dunkin' Donuts restaurants in Chicago, IL and also have experience in the gas and convenience industry. Together, this team will manage and oversee operations for each of their new restaurants.

"We are excited to expand both Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins' presence in Detroit and play an important role in the daily lives of people who live, work and visit here," said Amit Patel, Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins franchisee. "We have a passion and loyalty for both brands, and look forward to opening our restaurants in the years to come."

Dunkin' Donuts franchise opportunities still remain available in Detroit as well as in Alpena, Flint, Grand Rapids, Lansing, Marquette and Traverse City. To help fuel additional growth throughout the state, special development incentives are available.

In an effort to keep the brand fresh and competitive, Dunkin' Donuts offers flexible concepts for any real estate format including free-standing restaurants, end caps, in-line sites, gas and convenience, travel plazas, universities, as well as other retail environments.  Additionally, multi-brand restaurants that combine Dunkin' Donuts with Baskin-Robbins under one roof offer even more opportunity to drive traffic during various day parts – from early morning breakfast and coffee all the way to after-dinner ice cream cones and ice cream cakes.

"Our enthusiastic and dedicated franchisees contribute to both of our brands' growth, which has helped solidify our position as one of the fastest growing companies by unit count in the quick service restaurant industry," said Grant Benson, CFE, vice president of global franchising and business development, Dunkin' Brands. "We are thrilled that Amit and Kalpesh have chosen to help expand Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins' presence in Michigan. We know these new restaurants will satisfy a growing consumer demand in the local communities they serve."