A Restaurant Denies Families a Booth for a Surprising Reason.

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A Restaurant Denies Families a Booth for a Surprising Reason.

A family walking into a packed Texas Roadhouse restaurant might be surprised to find their seating request for a booth denied at times — especially when they see an empty spot in the middle of a crowded room. But that booth remains empty for a poignant reason.

A Texas Roadhouse restaurant in Flower Mound, Texas, made waves when they set an empty table for five Dallas officers killed in the line of duty during a sniper attack in July.

Michael J. Smith, Michael Krol, Patrick Zamarripa, Lorne Ahrens, and Brent Thompson, who worked for the Dallas Area Rapid Transit Police Department, were killed during the attack by a shooter, a former military veteran angry about the rash of police shootings this year.

The idea of honoring the killed officers caught on in other restaurants as well.

This isn’t the first time Texas Roadhouse has honored police officers and veterans.

Veterans Day, if you want I can explain what all this mean, but if you care enough you would look it up yourself, I mean we all have smart phones…. πŸ’―βœŒπŸΏοΈπŸ™ŒπŸΏπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ˜ŠπŸ˜‚ #VeteransDay #TexasRoadhouse #IBeenEatingFreeAllDay #DinnerTime #AppreciateTheLittleThings #Salute #POW #MIA #LastMealOfTheDay

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Many of the other restaurants in the chain have set empty booths aside for veterans to honor their sacrifice on Veterans and Memorial Days.

Table dedicated to the fallen soldiers for Veterans Day…thankful to have been able to chat with the vets today as I served them at Texas Roadhouse and thank them for their service. Met some very interesting people and heard some amazing stories. πŸ˜Šβ€οΈπŸ’™ #veteransday #TexasRoadhouse

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The chain also regularly comps military veterans meals to honor their service.

Life is goodπŸ‘ I got free steak from Texas Roadhouse😘 Thank you for your service yall! πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ . . . . . . . #veteransday #texasroadhouse #steak #forfree #army #usarmy #sogood #foodstagram #λ² ν…Œλž‘λ°μ΄ #κ΅­κ΅°μ˜λ‚  #λ―Έκ΅° #μ—¬κ΅° #κ³΅μ§œμŒμ‹ #μŠ€ν…Œμ΄ν¬ #ν…μ‚¬μŠ€

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Many people and businesses honor veterans and officers with discounts, meals and other memorials. But the empty booth has caught the attention of millions online — by making space in the present for those who have sacrificed their lives in the past.

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