November 8, 2009, - 12:17 pm
To my readers who are serving or have served in the U.S. military, today (Sunday), you can have a free meal on the house at McCormick & Schmick’s, which is celebrating Veteran’s Day early.
McCormick & Schmick’s. For the 11th year in a row, the 87 locations in 25 states are offering free entrees to veterans on Sunday. The chain also requests military ID and highly recommends reservations. The promotion is on Sunday instead of Veterans Day, “because it allows vets to bring their families who might not be available during the week,” CEO Bill Freeman says.
There are other deals–free items or discounts, later this week, for current and past U.S. military personnel at Applebee’s, Krispy Kreme, Golden Corrall, Home Depot, Lowe’s, and Outback Steakhouse.
But before you applaud these businesses for giving free stuff to those who served, remember that it is good business. A military man or vet who eats at McCormick & Schmick’s or Applebee’s will get to eat free, but he might bring friends and family, who’ll be paying. And in these tough times, it’s smart business to fill empty seats, as less Americans eat out.
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