The city of Brussels has all but shut down after the horrific terror attacks that shook both Brussels airport and a Metro transit station Tuesday. In light of the violence, Starbucks, Domino’s, and more local restaurants have made the decision to temporarily close all units in Belgium, according to Nation’s Restaurant News.
The explosion inside the Brussels airport took place just outside a Starbucks and one employee was injured. In total, the death toll has climbed to 34 and the numbers of the injured swell into the triple digits as the entire country of Belgium is in mourning this week.
“We are deeply saddened by the senseless acts that have taken place in Brussels today,” Starbucks said in a statement, adding that all 15 locations in Belgium have been closed until further notice.
Domino’s also closed its 30 Belgian locations.
“The stores are closed at the request of local authorities, who asked all citizens to stay indoors today,” McIntyre said. “Obviously, it’s very chaotic there and they want as few people out and about as possible. At this tragic time, selling pizza is the least of our concerns.”
Other chains in Brussels like McDonald’s and Pizza Hut have not been as cautious: Only one McDonald’s closed in Brussels and all Pizza Huts remain in operation, according to Nation’s Restaurant News. The Daily Meal has reached out to both chains for comment.