After a successful run as a publicly traded company, Dunkin’ Brands is in talks to sell itself and go private, the New York Times reported. The deal would value Dunkin’ at $8.8 billion, and make it part of a family of fast-food brands that includes Arby’s, Buffalo Wild Wings, and Jimmy John’s. Dunkin’s shares are up 18% over last year (prior to this news sending shares even higher), rebounding sharply after taking a hit in the early days of the pandemic. Sales dropped 20% during Q2, and the coffee chain announced plans to close 800 of its stores. But Dunkin’s emphasis on drive-thrus, mobile ordering, and curbside pickup allowed it to adapt, helping it cater to consumers who…