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.
Many of the other restaurants in the chain have set empty booths aside for veterans to honor their sacrifice on Veterans and Memorial Days.
The chain also regularly comps military veterans meals to honor their service.
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.