A Washington Buffalo Wild Wings is honoring a fallen soldier with a never-ending toast.
Brian Avey, a server at Buffalo Wild Wings in Tacoma, said this morning on “Fox and Friends” that a woman came into the restaurant and ordered two beers – a Blue Moon and a Corona. When Avey told her that he could only serve one beer at a time due to a state law, the woman explained that she had ordered the Corona for her soldier brother, who died in Iraq.
“I’ve never seen that happen before, and it touched me,” Avey recalled.
Avey defied the state’s law and brought out both beers. He said that the Corona sat untouched as the woman ate her lunch.
Buffalo Wild Wings picked up the tab for the Corona, prompting a beautiful message from the customer.
She wrote on her receipt, “Thank you. An act of kindness goes a long way. It means a lot to me. Have a great rest of your day,” and signed it “A Grateful Soldier.”
But after the woman left, Avey didn’t have the heart to throw the beer away, so he placed it on a cooler next to a flag for another fallen soldier and asked his manager if he could keep the beer there.
“I told him it was a great idea, I thought it was fantastic,” manager Dan Banale said.
He just had one request: Change the lime every morning so it stays fresh.
Avey has been doing just that, and the Buffalo Wild Wings has been flooded with calls of thanks for its employees' actions.
“Now it’s become a memorial for all fallen soldiers,” Banale said.