Dunkin’ arrives at Girard’s Heartland Inn and Cafe


A Dunkin’ Restaurant is directed to Girard at the location of the former Heartland Inn and Cafe.

Dunkin’ franchisee DALRT Inc. said in a press release that it will begin construction plans this month to open a ‘next generation’ Dunkin’ at 9101 West Ridge Road, Girard. This will be DALRT’s 13th store, including nine already in western Pennsylvania, and is slated to open in the spring of 2023.

The Heartland Inn and Cafe, owned by Bill and Arlene Bailey, closed on December 31. DALRT worked to save as much of the building as possible, originally constructed in 1897, the statement said.

“While we know this property holds a historic place in the community, we are also so happy that we were able to donate so many elements of this property such as landscaping, air conditioners, light fixtures, stone original, whatever we could that people wanted,” Randi Griffith, Chief Marketing Officer of DALRT, said in the release.

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Prior to demolition, the site was offered to the Girard Volunteer Fire Department as a temporary fire training site. Burning classes were held in June and the final burning of the building is scheduled for July 9 and 10, according to the DALRT press release.

As a “next generation” restaurant, the Girard Dunkin’ will include new features such as contactless drive-thru, free Wi-Fi and an innovative tap system offering consistently cold sips, such as iced coffee , Iced Tea, Cold Brew and Nitro – Infused Cold Brew, according to the release.

The Heartland Inn and Cafe at 9101 West Ridge Road in Girard is shown in an undated photo.

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