Virtually all of Boston has been shut down, as the city is on lockdown with as 19 year-old Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokar Tsarnaev is on the loose, and a city- and region-wide manhunt is underway. Late Thursday night, he and his brother Tamerlan allegedly shot and killed MIT police officer Sean Collier after robbing a 7/11 in Central Square in Cambridge. Boston has turned into a virtual ghost town, with a notable exception: Dunkin Donuts.
Select Dunkin Donuts franchises were told by authorities to stay open in order to serve law enforcement officers made weary by the manhunt, which is now some 15 hours old, having began shortly before 11 PM Thursday night. As chief communications officer for Dunkin' Brands told Huffington Post via email,
"At the direction of authorities, select Dunkin' Donuts restaurants in the Boston area are open to take care of needs of law enforcement and first responders."