A Buffalo Wild Wings in Tacoma, Washington, is getting national attention after they picked up the tab for a fallen solider.
Bartender Brian Avey posted a photo to Facebook along with the story of a servicewoman who ordered a beer for her brother, who died in Iraq.
When the servicewoman ordered two beers, Avey explained that the limit was one beer per person. But when she told him that the second beer was for her brother and she wouldn’t be drinking it, Avey brought her a second beer and watched as “ it just sat next [to] her at a[n] empty seat for her entire lunch.”
When Avey brought the woman her check, he told her that the restaurant would cover the tab for the second beer. “Thank you,” the woman wrote on the receipt. “An act of kindness goes a long way. It means a lot to me. Have a great rest of your day.” — Greatful [sic] Soldiers
After the woman left, Avey didn’t have the heart to pour the beer out, so he placed it on the bar’s cooler next to an American flag. When Avey explained the beer’s presence to his boss, Avey was amazed by his response.
"He said, 'that's fine. Just do me a favor, put a fresh lime it in every morning,'” Avey said.
The post has gone viral, with more than 46,000 shares and 110,000 likes as of this posting.
The restaurant has reportedly seen a slight increase in business, and the beer itself is becoming an attraction, according to local NBC affiliate King5.