Boston-Area Dunkin' Donuts Stay Open ... for Cops

Serving free coffee, of course

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 19, 2013 11:41 AM CDT

(Newser) – The entire city of Boston and most of its surrounding neighborhoods are on lockdown. Authorities have been all but begging residents to stay home and businesses to stay closed. And yet reports started to creep up that there was an exception: Dunkin' Donuts. The chain is an institution in the Boston area (it was founded 10 miles away), and Buzzfeed has now confirmed that four of its locations are open in Watertown, the area police are most heavily searching for bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Around noon, the chain released a statement explaining itself: "At the direction of authorities, select Dunkin' Donuts restaurants in the Boston area are open to take care of the needs of law enforcement and first responders," it wrote. Naturally, it won't be charging those first responders for their coffee fix, either; the chain has confirmed on Twitter that it is serving these emergency workers "free coffee & product." All of which basically proves that Boston, even at a time like this, is still Boston.

In this Feb. 12, 2008 file photo a rack of donuts is displayed at a Dunkin' Donuts franchise in Boston.
In this Feb. 12, 2008 file photo a rack of donuts is displayed at a Dunkin' Donuts franchise in Boston.   (AP Photo/Lisa Poole, File)
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There was an automated message going around telling businesses to close, but because we're Dunkin' Donuts, we called the police department and they said we didn't have to. - Jessica Cadorette, manager of a Newton Dunkin' Donuts store

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