Dinner service at a New York state restaurant was interrupted by an unexpected and unwelcome visitor Sunday night — a deer that crashed through a large window.
It wasn’t on the menu, but customers at a western New York restaurant got an up-close look at some venison on the hoof. A deer crashed through a window at the Applebee’s on Route 63 in Batavia about 7 p.m., management and customers says, leaving a trail of broken glass, before being led out the front door.
“We were seated in the last two tables before the bathrooms, right by the side exit,” said Sue Ackerman, a teacher at Warsaw Central School. “The deer jumped through the front window to the right of the main doors.”
She said people were seated right next to the window and one woman was taken to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries. The deer, she said, ran down an aisle toward the bathrooms and turned when it reached a dead-end.
“My boyfriend tried to get it to go toward or out the side door, then it turned and went behind the bar. Some people on that side of the restaurant kicked it toward the main door and it went out and ran off.”
Donna Elliott of East Pembroke and her boyfriend John McCormick arrived at the restaurant almost immediately after the deer left. She said glass was all over the booth directly below the broken window. “There was some blood and the woman sitting there was treated for some cuts,” Elliott said.
Customer Bruce Beck, who was visiting from Wisconsin, says the deer nearly slid into the booth next to his before veering away and running through the restaurant. He said: “It was like a bomb hitting because of all the glass crashing.”
“My back was to it about two booths away,” said Bruce Beck, who’s visiting from Wisconsin. “My hand was down like this because I was at the edge of the booth and I turned around and the deer was hunching down running right at my hand. I pulled my hand back and watched this deer almost slide into the next booth and then turn left.”