Restau­rants want to thank vet­er­ans with free food and deals

The Fresno Bee - - Front Page - BY BETHANY CLOUGH bclough@fres­ Bethany Clough: 559-441-6431, @BethanyClough

Hey, vet­er­ans, th­ese restau­rants want to say “thank you” — with free cheese­burg­ers, dough­nuts, chili dogs and more.

Vet­er­ans Day is Sun­day, and all kinds of busi­nesses are do­ing some­thing for ac­tive-duty mil­i­tary mem­bers and vet­er­ans. Be sure to bring your mil­i­tary ID and read the fine print on th­ese of­fers be­fore you go. Pay spe­cial at­ten­tion to the dates as some deals are Sun­day only, while oth­ers are Mon­day.

Just the Tip Restau­rant is of­fer­ing a free Thanks­giv­ing meal to vet­er­ans, with help from the Fresno chap­ter of the Rock­a­billy Mafia Dolls and Crys­tal “Chef Lil” Kahler from Bot­tle­neck Bistro in Clo­vis. The event runs from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sun­day. The lo­cally owned Just the Tip is in down­town Fresno is at 2017 Mari­posa Mall.

Texas de Brazil, River Park’s newest restau­rant, is giv­ing free meals to two vet­er­ans per ta­ble, plus 20 per­cent off the bill for up to six oth­ers in their party (for a max group of eight peo­ple). The of­fer is avail­able Sun­day and Mon­day, with more de­tails on­line. Reservations strongly en­cour­aged.

At the Fresno Yosemite In­ter­na­tional Air­port, vet­er­ans can get a free Bud­weiser bar­be­cue ched­dar burger on Mon­day. The deal is avail­able at both the Home Team Sports Bar & Grill in the main air­port lobby and John Muir Tav­ern, which is past se­cu­rity.

The burger, cre­ated by a chef who is also a vet­eran, is for sale all month. It’s made with Bud­weiser’s pro­pri­etary bar­be­cue sauce and paired with Bud­weiser’s new Cop­per Lager. A por­tion of the burger’s pro­ceeds will ben­e­fit char­i­ties that sup­port vet­er­ans.

Texas Road­house is pro­mot­ing its “Tex­as­size” thank you to vet­er­ans with free lunch. Vet­er­ans can choose from a spe­cial menu that in­cludes a six-ounce sir­loin steak and two scratch-made sides from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sun­day.

Star­bucks is giv­ing away a free talled brewed cof­fee Sun­day to vet­er­ans, ac­tive-duty mil­i­tary and mil­i­tary spouses. Also that day, 15 per­cent of brewed cof­fee pur­chases will go to non­profit Blue Star Fam­i­lies which sup­ports mil­i­tary fam­i­lies.

BJ’s Brew­house & Restau­rant is of­fer­ing a free en­tree val­ued at up to $12.95 and a free Dr. Pep­per on Sun­day. Through­out the month of November, ac­tive duty mil­i­tary mem­bers and vet­er­ans can also claim a coupon good for a free Pi­zookie on the BJ’s web­site.

Dunkin’ (which has short­ened its name from Dunkin’ Donuts) will give away a free donut to vet­er­ans Sun­day. The shop has lo­ca­tions in Madera and Han­ford.

Farmer Boys restau­rants in Clo­vis, Han­ford and Tu­lare are of­fer­ing vet­er­ans a free “The Big Cheese” cheese­burger Mon­day.

Mimi’s Cafe is of­fer­ing vet­er­ans a free meal from a spe­cial menu all day Sun­day, with the pur­chase of a non­al­co­holic bev­er­age. That in­cludes break­fast tacos, a cheese­burger and an Asian chicken salad.

Hoot­ers is of­fer­ing vet­er­ans a free meal from a spe­cial menu with the pur­chase of a drink Sun­day. The free­bie menu in­cludes 10 chicken wings and a buf­falo chicken sand­wich.

Ro­mano’s Mac­a­roni Grill is giv­ing vet­er­ans a free Mom’s ri­cotta meat­balls and spaghetti Sun­day.

Bos­ton Mar­ket will give you a free meal and a drink — if you buy a meal and a drink — Sun­day and Mon­day. You need to show a coupon though, ei­ther on your phone or printed out from its web­site.

Red Lob­ster is of­fer­ing a free ap­pe­tizer or dessert Sun­day and Mon­day. Op­tions in­clude a lob­ster and lan­gostino pizza, vanilla bean cheesecake and a cho­co­late wave cake.

Ap­ple­bee’s is of­fer­ing a free meal Sun­day from a spe­cial menu that in­cludes a ba­con cheese­burger, chicken ten­ders plat­ter and a grilled chicken salad.

Wiener­schnitzel is of­fer­ing vet­er­ans a free chili dog, small fries and a 20-ounce drink Sun­day.

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