HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Being America's dinner table for nearly 70 years, Shoney's said "Thank You" to America's law enforcement community Wednesday.
In an unprecedented move by a category leader in the restaurant industry, Shoney's, the iconic, all-American restaurant offered a free meal to those men and women who wear blue and who serve and protect communities everyday, all across the country.
The gesture was conceived by Shoney's CEO and Chairman Mr. David Davoudpour, who has a rich track record of supporting law enforcement and was quickly and unanimously approved system-wide by Shoney's franchise partners.
Hattiesburg Police officer, Lt. Latosha Myers-Mitchell, said that she is grateful for the kind offer.
"It really warms my heart to know that Shoney's would think of us in this wonderful way," Myers-Mitchell said. "It really makes us feel good and appreciated and it honors us, especially when the food is so good."
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 everyday, and the pledge to cover the meal on Wednesday was to be free with no purchase required.
Shoney's has over 200 locations nationwide and also offers law enforcement a 15 percent discount on its meals year-round.