Restaurateur fed emergency workers for free during London terror attack

Sean Morrison
Terror attack: Restaurant kept open to feed emergency workers for free amid Westminster chaos: ConstableXL/Twitter

Hundreds of emergency service workers were fed for free yards from the Westminster terror attacks as part of a generous offering from a nearby restaurateur.

Restaurant owner Ibrahim Dogus told how, in the face of Wednesday’s chaos, he refused to shut his restaurant and instead kept it open to help out.

Terrorist Khalid Masood mowed down several pedestrians on Westminster Bridge before stabbing a police officer to death at the gates of Parliament in a bloody assault in which four innocent people lost their lives.

Despite being told to leave the building in the aftermath of the attacks, Mr Dogus said he wanted to keep the place open to support emergency services on the scene.

The restaurateur said any Londoner would have done what he did for the emergency services (@ConstableXL/Twitter)

Police officers, paramedics and firefighters all were given free food and drinks in his eatery Troia, which is just yards away from the bridge, as part of the generous offering from the restaurateur.

The father-of-two told the Standard: “As I prepared to close the restaurant, which was really busy at the time, I asked one of the officers if they had somewhere to use as a place to warm up and use facilities.

“When he told me they didn’t, I said they could use here and I ended up keeping the place open late serving all the emergency staff I could.

“It’s the very least I could do and I think it’s what any Londoner would do if they were in the same situation as me. These people fight to keep us save and alive.”

“I couldn’t take money from them. Some of them offered, but they are amazing people and there is no way I was going to charge them.”

Mr Dogus, the founder of the British Kebab Awards, kept the restaurant open until 11.30pm.

He estimates that about 300 emergency service workers were served throughout the evening in his restaurant, adding: “I didn’t want any of them to miss out.”

Mr Dogus owns three Kurdish restaurants - Troia, Cucina and Westminster Kitchen – inside an exclusion zone cordoned off by officers in the wake of the horrifying attacks.

On the terror that struck the heart of London just yards away from his Troia restaurant, the 35-year-old said: “Being born into a Kurdish refugee family, I know what it’s like to suffer from terrorist attacks.

“I feel very strongly about being a Londoner. We came together so quickly, and we don’t and won’t ever give in to these lunatics.

“Everybody got up the next day and life went back to normal.”

Victim: PC Keith Palmer

Police officer PC Keith Palmer was stabbed to death outside Parliament during the attack.

Masood's victims on the bridge included US tourist Kurt Cochran and his wife Melissa, from Utah, who were on the last day of a trip celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary. Mr Cochran was killed and Mrs Cochran was badly injured.

Aysha Frade, who worked in administration at independent sixth-form school DLD College London, in Westminster, also died. She is believed to be a 43 year-old married mother of two.

Leslie Rhodes, a retired window cleaner from Clapham, south London, died from injuries sustained in the attack. He was described by neighbours as a "lovely man".

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