May 21, 2009
For the seventh year, the Eat With Us Group and Sweet Peppers Franchise Systems, LLC, announce that 24 of their restaurants will honor area firefighters, police officers, armed services personnel and veterans in uniform with a complimentary entrée on Memorial Day. Participating restaurants include Bulldog Deli, The Cotton District Grill, The Jackson Square Grill, Fairpark Grill, Harvey''s and all company- and franchise-owned Sweet Peppers Delis.
"This year we have opened more restaurants and are excited to be able to offer more options than ever to the men and women who protect and defend our local communities and country on a daily basis. We served approximately 1,500 uniformed personnel with a free meal last year and we hope to thank more this year," said Arma Salazar, marketing director for the Eat With Us Group.
All area firefighters, police officers, armed services personnel and veterans are invited to visit one of the restaurants wearing their military or service uniforms and receive a free salad, sandwich, wrap or other entrée of their choosing on Memorial Day, Monday.
"We encourage the veterans whose uniforms may have ''shrunk'' over the years to bring their jackets, insignia or medals to show the younger set," said CEO John Bean. "Our staff enjoys meeting these heroes and honoring them each year."
In 2005, this event received the Mississippi''s Restaurant Neighbor Award from the National Restaurant Association. This highly competitive award showcases the philanthropic nature of the food service industry and recognizes member restaurants that demonstrate a dedication to community outreach. "We were honored to receive this award, however the reason we began this program was to honor the men and women for their dedication and service. Giving back to them is always a yearly highlight for our staff," said Bean.
Posters and fliers will be circulated in all areas to alert the eligible people in the community about the offer. For more information please contact Salazar at 662-327-6982 or any of the participating restaurants found at www.eatwithus.com or www.sweetpeppersdeli.com.