SEATTLE – First responders to Thursday’s fatal accident on the Aurora Bridge were treated to an act of kindness by one of Seattle’s fanciest restaurants.
Canlis, the ultra-luxury restaurant located near the crash site, closed its doors to feed emergency crew members who provided aid during the Aurora Bridge incident.
“Canlis will close tonight in response to the tragic accident. Join us in thought and prayer for the victims and their families,” the restaurant posted.
Four people were killed and dozens were injured when a ‘Ride the Duck’ vehicle slammed into a tour bus carrying international students shortly after 11:00 a.m. on Thursday.
Restaurant workers were seen running out with food and water in hand, hosting first responders and other city officials throughout the afternoon. Members of the media received water as well.
This is the first time in 65 years that the iconic restaurant closed its doors to diners, owner Brian Canlis said.
After hearing about the kind gesture, thousands of people took to social media to express their gratitude towards the restaurant. “Great show of compassion and humanity, bravo Canlis,” Facebook-user Jennifer posted.
Another Facebook user, Nancy Freeman, said, “This is what compassion and caring looks like. Thanks for serving those who serve us on a daily basis.”
Canlis is known for its prime location on Aurora Avenue North, and boasts a swanky dining experience. The family-owned establishment has been serving award-winning food since 1950.