Have you ever walked into a restaurant, only to be annoyed when the host sits you at a table with rock hard chairs, when there’s a soft, comfy booth nearby? It’s anyone’s guess as how or why an employee chooses to seat someone at a particular spot, but it can make some folks boiling mad to have their request for a booth get denied when there are plenty of other good seats within arm’s reach!
When one family walked into a Texas Roadhouse restaurant in Dallas, Texas they were confused as to why they couldn’t sit down at what appeared to be an empty booth. It was only when they took a closer look at the sign at the edge of the table that the family humbly realized it was being saved for a group of VIP’s, who they’d consider themselves lucky to ever meet in person.
The booth’s table was setup as if it were expecting some important folks to arrive at any moment and take a seat. Both the national American Flag and Texas state flags were adorning the wall in the background, and a beautiful white tablecloth was draped gracefully over the tabletop. There was a place setting for five people, and a special sign placed at the front of the table indicated who the table was meant for.
It wasn’t until folks took a closer look at the sign that they realized the party of five wasn’t going to waltz in the door anytime soon. In fact, this group of special souls would never be able to celebrate their camaraderie over a juicy ribeye steak, or dig into a loaded baked potato with extra everything on top, ever again.
The table had been reserved for five slain police officers who were ambushed by multiple snipers on Dallas. The restaurant set it up as a memorial for the brave souls who gave their own lives to protect our own. After customers snapped photos of the booth, the restaurant’s actions spread all over social media.
Since the restaurant only makes money when every seat is filled to capacity, they were truly honoring the fallen officers by setting aside a sacred place for the men’s brave actions to be acknowledged.
There was hardly a dry eye in the house when customers realized who the VIP’s actually were. The sign on the table read:
“We remember and honor the five slain police officers, Sergeant Michael J. Smith, Officer Michael Krol, Officer Patrick Zamarripa, Senior Corporal Lorne Ahrens, and Mr. Brent Thompson, who worked for the Dallas Area Rapid Transit Police Department, that the Texas Roadhouse restaurant reserved a table for. We thank you for your service. May you rest in peace.”
What Texas Roadhouse did is just too wonderful to go unnoticed! But, what the fallen officers chose to do that day is even more amazing. The least we can do is take a moment of silence to say a heartfelt “thank you” to the men in blue for doing what they do best – being our everyday heroes.