FAIRBANKS, Alaska — A little thing like a flooded creek was not enough to keep an Alaska restaurant owner from delivering Thai ribs and fried rice to stranded customers over the weekend.
Anuson “Knott” Poolsawat, owner of Knott’s Take Out in North Pole, forded the swollen waters of Clear Creek to reach two customers stuck along the Richardson Highway, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.
Mike Laiti and Brandon Borgens were near the end of a multiday drive Saturday up the Alaska Highway when they called in their order to the restaurant, which was near closing.
As they approached Clear Creek, they learned a sinkhole had developed from heavy rain and the bridge was closed.
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Laiti called Poolsawat to cancel their order.
“He said, ‘Not a problem, I’ll come cross the waters,’ ” Laiti said. “He called me and said, ‘Should I bring a boat?’ ”
Poolsawat arrived with takeout boxes containing Thai barbecue ribs and Thai fried rice. Another box held a “dinosaur egg” — a hard-boiled egg that’s fried and covered in a sweet sesame sauce.
Poolsawat hiked up his shorts and waded through the cold, hip-deep creek, holding the takeout boxes over his head.
“He’d help anybody out. He’s just … a good guy,” Laiti said. “He’s definitely a goofball character, and the food he makes is great.”•