Boston Dunkin' Donuts Stays Open to Serve First Responders

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As the greater Boston population sheltered indoors Friday afternoon awaiting the conclusion of the massive manhunt for one of the Boston Marathon blast suspects, at least one business was allowed to keep its doors open to feed the first responders: Dunkin' Donuts.

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"Our franchisees are working closely with authorities to determine which select locations should be open and which restaurants should be closed. For example, at the request of authorities, a Dunkin' Donuts restaurant in Watertown, Mass., is open, and the franchisee is voluntarily providing free coffee and other products to law enforcement and first responders," Karen Raskopf, the chief communications officer for Dunkin' Brands, confirmed in a statement to NBC News. "The safety of our franchisees and their employees is our top concern."

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From its official Facebook page, Dunkin' said the Watertown location is adjacent to a law enforcement site.

Based in Canton., Mass., the Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc. has deep ties to Boston.

"Literally the most Boston thing I've ever heard. Authorities ask Dunkin Donuts to remain open during lockdown," the Only in Boston Twitter account observed.

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