Fayette County

Parkette gives free meals to Lexington police, sheriff’s officers to show appreciation

Lexington police officers outside Parkette Drive-In, where free meals for Lexington law enforcement were offered Tuesday.
Lexington police officers outside Parkette Drive-In, where free meals for Lexington law enforcement were offered Tuesday.

After hearing of criticism of police across the country, a Lexington restaurant owner used food Tuesday to show appreciation for local law enforcement.

Parkette Drive-In partnered this week with Pepsi to provide free meals to law enforcement..

Lexington police and Fayette County sheriff’s office personnel could get a free drink, fries and a Poor Boy, the drive-in’s special double cheeseburger, from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Lexington firefighters can do the same next Tuesday.

“It’s been full since we’ve opened at 11, which is great, and we see our police officers and sheriff people happy and that makes me happy,” said Randy Kaplan, who owns Parkette with his brother.

“There’s been an assault on police in this country,” Kaplan said. “I’m a retired police officer, and I know what it’s like to be appreciated and to be unappreciated, unfortunately.”

Rather than limit the meals to police, Kaplan wanted to include the Fayette County sheriff’s office and the Lexington Fire Department as well.

“We decided that we wanted to do something to show our appreciation for the things that our men and women do in uniform and for us every day,” Kaplan said. “They put their lives on the line for us.”

Police Sgt. Billy Richmond visited Parkette at lunchtime.

“We come here kind of regularly for lunch anyway,” Richmond said. “But the owner, Randy Kaplan, he’s a retired police officer himself, good friend to all of us, and they were having a special day for law enforcement and fire. ... It was a good opportunity to come see him and just say hello and get some good food for lunch.”

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