BBQ vs Donut Drama

Breakfast war settled: Cypress food truck and donut shop kiss and make up

Breakfast war settled: Food truck and donut shop kiss and make up

Brook's Place barbecue food truck with chef Trent Brooks, right, and customers
Trent Brooks, right, will continue to serve his customers breakfast tacos. Brook's Place LLC/Facebook
Dunkin' Donuts, doughnuts, coffee
A Dunkin' Donuts franchisee has backed off claims that Brooks' Place violated its lease.   Dunkin' Donuts/Facebook
Brook's Place barbecue food truck with chef Trent Brooks, right, and customers
Dunkin' Donuts, doughnuts, coffee

In the battle of beloved morning eats, breakfast tacos have scored a victory over donuts.

For the past couple of weeks, drama has been brewing in Cypress between Brooks' Place, a Texas Monthly top 50 barbecue joint, and a neighboring Dunkin' Donuts franchisee. As documented on the Brooks' Place Facebook page, the trouble began when the six-year-old barbecue trailer started selling breakfast tacos in May, which earned the ire of its neighbor, which believed it had an exclusive right to sell breakfast items in the shopping center where they both reside.

 

Threat #1...We don't want anything to happen to your business Threat #2 ...We have some powerful people on our side...

Posted by Brooks' Place, LLC on Saturday, May 30, 2015

 

But apparently there won't be any more confrontations or threats. Cosmo Parisi, the Dunkin’ Brands franchisee who owns the Cypress location, released a statement that reads as follows: "Upon looking into this matter more closely, I have determined there is no conflict or dispute between my business and Brooks’ Place. In the spirit of being a good member of the community, I wish Mr. Brooks continued success."

As noted by the Houston Press, the reason a conflict doesn't exist is because Brooks' Place and Dunkin Donuts have two different landlords. Therefore, the barbecue trailer isn't violating the donut franchise's exclusive right to sell breakfast items in the center. 

All's well that ends well. At least the conflict generated some entertaining social media chatter, like Brooks posting of this classic clip from Tombstone.

Want to sample each offering and decide which is better? Breakfast tacos are served Wednesdays through Fridays from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. at Brooks' Place. On Friday, Dunkin' Donuts locations across the city will be giving away one donut with the purchase of a beverage in honor of National Donut Day.