July 21, 2016 // Franchising.com // NASHVILLE, Tenn. – In an unprecedented move by a category leader in the restaurant industry, Shoney’s, the iconic, All-American restaurant brand that has served as America’s Dinner Table for nearly 70 years, will serve those who protect and serve America’s communities every day with open arms and a free meal – breakfast, lunch or dinner - for members of America’s law enforcement community during all hours of operation on Wednesday, July 27.
The gesture, conceived by Shoney’s CEO and Chairman Mr. David Davoudpour, who has a rich track record of supporting law enforcement, was quickly and unanimously approved system-wide by Shoney’s franchise partners and will happen in less than a week.
“America’s men and women in blue need to hear ‘Thank You’ in a tangible and heartfelt way,” said Mr. Davoudpour. “Shoney’s opens its doors every day so that families can enjoy fresh quality food, friendly service for an incredible value but it is never lost on us that none of that happens without our men and women of law enforcement across this great country of ours who make our communities safe. We want to thank them and we salute them with a free meal on the house. If you’re a police officer in your hometown or are traveling to place where Shoney’s does business, please know you are welcome here. I say ‘Let’s Eat’ – for free.”
Mr. Davoudpour, who has been on a driven and spirited mission to reinvigorate and revitalize Shoney’s, a family-friendly, southern-style restaurant brand, said that members of law enforcement are welcome at Shoney’s every day but has pledged to cover the meals of America’s men in women in blue on the 27th, no purchase required.
“Breakfast, lunch or dinner, it doesn’t matter, we just want to serve them our great food to show them we care and that we are grateful for them,” continued Mr. Davoudpour. One of the pillars of the Shoney’s brand is community involvement, evidenced in particular by Mr. Davoudpour’s support of law enforcement.
In Shoney’s headquarters city of Nashville, Davoudpour created the annual Shoney’s 5k Family Fun Run eight years ago. One hundred percent of the event’s proceeds, which Davoudpour has matched personally every year, benefit the Nashville Police Fund. The fund provides tuition assistance to police officers seeking college degrees and supports other educational pursuits. Nearly $180,000 has been raised by Shoney’s and Davoudpour, who supports law enforcement programs in other communities where Shoney’s does business.
Shoney’s offer of a free meal to police officers and all members of law enforcement is available during all hours of operations on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at all Shoney’s restaurants. There is a limit of one free meal per member of the law enforcement community. Members of the law enforcement community will need to be in uniform or show proper identification. Offer is valid for dine-in only.
Shoney’s is a Nashville-based company that operates in 16 southern states and is now growing through franchising following an extensive revitalization effort. Since its humble beginnings in 1947 as a Charleston, West Virginia drive-in restaurant, guests have enjoyed Shoney’s family-friendly, casual dining experience. Visit www.shoneys.com for more information on restaurant hours, locations and special offers. Shoney’s is offering franchising opportunities to qualified single and multi-unit candidates. For more information, visit http://www.shoneys.com/franchise/. You can also follow Shoney’s on Facebook, Twitter @Shoneys, Instagram and YouTube.
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