LONDON – A British Muslim opened the doors of his restaurant for hours to feed hundreds of emergency workers and police officers for free in the aftermath of Wednesday’s terror attack.
“All these great people need our support. Some of them tried to give us money—one said, ‘I’m a police officer, you have to take my money.’ We said, ‘We’re not going to take any money from you,” Ibrahim Dogus told The Independent.
In the aftermath of London attack, police ordered all nearby businesses, including Dogus’, to close.
Yet, Dogus decided to keep Troia, on Belvedere Road yards from Westminster Bridge, open so police officers could have a place to eat and keep warm.
“I went to one of the officers and said ‘I can shut all the businesses, but I want you guys and all the emergency staff to use this place for food, drinks, and for warmth for free’,” he said.
The founder of the British Kebab Awards, kept the restaurant open until 11.30pm “until the last officer was fed”.
“We wanted to play our role in terms of supporting the emergency crew. This was happening right at our doorstep. If you walk two seconds on my doorstep I would be on the bridge. I use the bridge to take my kids to school, not on that day, but I live next to the area, I work next to the area,” Dogus said.
All three of Dogus’ Kurdish restaurants, Troia, Cucina and Westminster Kitchen, are inside an exclusion zone cordoned off by police in the aftermath of Wednesday’s attack.
He estimates that he fed between 300 and 500 emergency workers from the police, London Ambulance Service, and London Fire Brigade.
“It could have been any of us killed by these lunatics,” he said.
“It’s so terrible, but London has pulled together very quickly. The first day after business was quiet but now it’s back to normal.”
A Muslim-led fund to support victims and victims’ families of the terror attack in Westminster, in which five people were killed including the attacker and 50 were injured, has raised more than £30,000 in a few days.