A family in Dallas, Texas visited a Texas Roadhouse restaurant and when arriving requested to be seated in a nearby booth. Once the hostess got ready to seat them, they noticed that their request was ignored and was directed to a table instead of the booth they had requested. Of course, at first, the family was taken back and confused as to why their request was being ignored. They asked the hostess about it again but this time with the manager standing there. The family received the shocking news that apparently the booth was reserved and this was unusual to the family. As it is first come first served. Well, the booth the family initially requested to be sat in had a VIP sign posted on it. At first, the family was a bit insulted as to how and why the restaurant was doing this. A booth with a VIP sign is usually reserved for someone with the highest importance and doesn’t include booths arbitrarily assigned by seating hostesses.
But after getting closer to the booth and reading the sign on the booth, they noticed that this was a reserved table to honor fallen heroes. Like Sergeant Michael J. Smith, Officer Michael Krol, Officer Patrick Zamarripa, Senior Corporal Lorne Ahrens, and Mr. Brent Thompson. All worked for the Dallas Area Rapid Transit Police Department. So of course the family quickly got over what had happened. And were very thankful for how Texas Roadhouse honors these officers by reserving a booth in their honor. The family also stated that they will be back to Texas Roadhouse in honor of the officers. So remember, if you are ever out having a meal at a restaurant or bar and notice a VIP sign on one of their booths, this is not for someone’s birthday party, wedding reception, etc. This is to honor fallen heroes who have selflessly sacrificed their lives for others. As these officers did. The family left the restaurant and posted a picture of their experience on Facebook, encouraging others to visit the restaurant and join in honoring the fallen heroes. And in turn, has encouraged other Dallas residents to visit the restaurant as well, many visits and take pictures and show support through their social media. Informing all that have not visited and ensure all understand when a booth is reserved as it was in this case, to take a minute and understand why.
The restaurant was very grateful to the family and others who understood the importance of honoring these fallen heroes, especially since they were from their own community. They set and arrange the table/booth in such a way that it also encourages customers to feel happy and honored in taking a moment to honor the individuals. Each time they go to the restaurant, they will be reminded of how grateful Texas Roadhouse is for these officers and what they did. Sergeant Michael J. Smith, Officer Michael Krol, Officer Patrick Zamarripa, Senior Corporal Lorne Ahrens, and Mr. Brent Thompson are all heroes in every sense of the word. They each gave their lives to serve and protect the citizens of Dallas. It is true that no one can ever replace what was taken from this world when these individuals lost their lives, but Texas Roadhouse just might have given them a way to be honored in memories.