Tampa restaurant announces it will turn into shelter in case of Irma emergency

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click to enlarge Ezme, a Gengiz Khan cold appetizer. - CL Archive
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Ezme, a Gengiz Khan cold appetizer.

As Bay area craft breweries and at least one distillery offer to fill growlers, jugs and vessels of all kind with free water in the midst of Hurricane Irma's projected arrival, a South Tampa restaurant made a different sort of announcement Wednesday.

Gengiz Khan owner Ergin Tek, whose longtime dining spot is known for its healthful Mediterranean cuisine, wrote in a post to the restaurant's Facebook fans that he plans to turn the 7,000-square-foot space into a shelter for the local community in case of emergency.

"We can probably help 100 people for [the] time being," reads the update, which also notes that Gengiz Khan is, thankfully, 30 feet above water. "We have enough food to feed all for about 1 week. [It's] time to give back and stick together."

How awesome is that? And, according to the post, the restaurant is also prepared to cook its stockpile on the house.

Tek puts it simply: "We are at your service."

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