Drake’s restaurant in Lexington at the Lansdowne Shopping Center gave back to local police officers Monday by offering free meals all day.
“With recent events going on in our country, we just thought it was a perfect time for us to reach out to our officers here with two of our favorite things: food and hospitality,” Bluegrass Hospitality Group spokeswoman Amber Cook said.
The offer was open to all local police officers, on duty or off, Cook said. The officers just needed to show their badges to get the free meal.
“Unfortunately, we don’t get to see much positive interaction while we’re just doing our day-to-day jobs, so it’s nice just to see that,” officer Andy Cain said while he waited for his food Monday. “We’ve had so many people come up to us in the last two weeks just talking to us and thanking us. It just lets you know that you are appreciated for what you do.”
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P.J. Ash comes to Drake’s almost every day, but his lunch was a little different Monday. As Lexington police officers came in for their free meal, he stopped each one and thanked them for the work they do.
“My wife and I, we’re sitting here talking about the news; it’s just all bad news,” Ash said. “When we found out that Drake’s is doing this for the police officers, it just makes you feel good.”
We need to support them, especially right now because that (police) family is hurting
P.J. Ash, a diner at Drake’s
It is important for people to remember that police officers’ jobs require more sacrifice than most, Ash said.
“These guys and girls do a lot for the community, regardless of whether you agree with them or not,” Ash said. “When you make a phone call, they’re going to be there.”
Ash said he hopes people won’t judge all officers by the things they see some officers do in videos or in the news.
“We need to support them, especially right now, because that (police) family is hurting,” Ash said. “Even though I’m not in that family, me and my family benefit from that family.”
The kind gestures didn’t go unnoticed. By noon, several tables at Drake’s were filled with Lexington officers.
“It’s very nice because it just shows us that people in the community, more people than we know, actually are behind us and support what we do,” Cain said.