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Bar honors service members, reserve desk for 13

NORTH ROYALTON, Ohio — Niko’s Bar and Gyros in North Royalton is stepping as much as assist the households of the 13 American service members killed yesterday in Afghanistan.

The bar posted a photograph on Fb Friday afternoon displaying a desk with 13 beers on it with a placard that claims “reserved.”

“I informed my common supervisor I will pour 13 beers and I will reserve that desk, she checked out me and stated ‘you do understand it’s a Friday night time?’ and I’m going, ‘sure I do, however these persons are not coming again to their household,” stated bar proprietor Niko Moulagianis.

He stated he felt like he owed the troopers that a lot.

“If they might’ve got here in right here and informed me they simply got here again from being deployed in Afghanistan, I’d’ve purchased them a beer,” stated Moulagianis. “I do not know any of those younger women and men who handed away, however I really feel like they have been one in every of my very own youngsters.”

What began with 13 beers on the desk, grew shortly, as clients all through Friday night time purchased extra to position on the desk for the fallen troopers.

Moulagianis additionally stated that for each beer bought between now and Sept. 11, $1 can be donated to their households.

Folks from close to and much got here out to the bar Friday night to pay tribute to the troopers, together with Ken Dooner.

“It was a fairly cool thought,” stated Dooner. “There’s lots of people in harms means and it’s powerful. You’re feeling sorry for the households and also you simply pray for them. It’s good that folks keep in mind that there are folks in harms means and there are persons are dying.”

For buyer Zack Wooden, the loss hits near residence for him. He has two sons within the navy. He traveled from Brookpark to contribute to the fundraiser.

“You fall asleep questioning in the event that they’re going to be okay. You see an odd quantity that’s calling, you do not know what it’s, you by no means know if its going to be that point and it’s going to be unhealthy information,” stated Wooden.

Moulagianis stated he hopes the fundraiser and the desk function a somber reminder that freedom isn’t at all times free.

“I have been to different locations. I am a proud Greek, however I wouldn’t commerce this nation for something,” he stated. “Due to these sacrifices that these younger folks have made we have now that luxurious, for me to personal my enterprise, for these folks to return into my enterprise and revel in their dinner and their drinks with their households and associates.”

If you wish to donate to the households and honor these fallen service members with a toast, you may take a look at Nico’s Bar and Gyros at 12766 Royalton Highway, North Royalton.

One other bar, The Ironwood Cafe Westlake has additionally reserved a desk for the 13 service members.

The Ironwood Cafe is positioned at 688 Dover Middle Highway, Westlake.

Except for the beforehand talked about bars, a minimum of two extra institutions are doing one thing to honor the 13 fallen U.S. troops. Geneva on the Lake Brewing Firm and Jacked Steakhouse each posted that they have been honoring the troops.

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