Texas Roadhouse Keeps 1 Table Vacant Throughout Rush Hour to Honor 5 Brave Officers

By Li Yen, Epoch Times
March 6, 2019 Updated: March 17, 2019

People often patronize Texas Roadhouse restaurants for their succulent hand-cut steaks, ribs, chicken, and more.

On Wednesday, July 13, 2016, a family walked into a Texas Roadhouse in Dallas, Texas, only to notice an empty table with five chairs. Upon closer inspection, they realized the special booth was set up in honor of five heroes.

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The table with five chairs, and a formal place setting for each, was put in place against a backdrop displaying the U.S. and Texas flags. A white tablecloth was draped over the dining table that had a framed sign near the edge.

The booth was left vacant all night long, regardless of how long the queue was—this table was taken. It was only when the family read the sign placed on the table did they realize for whom the special booth was reserved for.

The sign read, “In Honor of the five fallen Dallas Police officers lost in the tragic event.”

“We remember and honor the five slain police officers, Sergeant Michael J. Smith, Officer Michael Krol, Officer Patrick Zamarripa, Senior Corporal Lorne Ahrens, and Mr. Brent Thompson, who worked for the Dallas Area Rapid Transit Police Department, that the Texas Roadhouse restaurant reserved a table for. We thank you for your service. May you rest in peace.”

Realizing the empty booth was put in place to honor the five slain Dallas police officers, their hearts were humbled.

Officers Michael J. Smith, Michael Krol, Patrick Zamarripa, Lorne Ahrens, and Brent Thompson tragically lost their lives in the line of duty during an ambush attack by a gunman at the end of a peaceful protest in downtown Dallas on July 7, 2016.

Shatamia Taylor, a survivor who was shot and wounded in the ankle while attempting to escape with her kids, gave thanks to the fallen officers for their selfless bravery during the shooting in an interview.

“I am thankful for all of them because they had no regard for their own life, they stayed with us,” said Taylor, according to ITV.

Taylor said she saw the officers being shot down as they worked to protect herself and her kids.

An employee of the restaurant, Brennon King snapped photos of the table and posted them on Twitter, writing: “Respect. Texas Roadhouse did it up right. Come see us tonight.”

Other than the sacred booth to remember the fallen heroes’ selfless bravery, King revealed the restaurant also donated 10 percent of its sales on Wednesday to the Assist the Officer Foundation, which is managed by the Dallas Police Association.

Thank you Texas Roadhouse for remembering the #Dallas5 and preparing them a table tonight.

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A similar photo was uploaded to Ohio Going Blue’s Facebook page.

Applauding the restaurant for showing great respect to the fallen officers, one social media user wrote: “Awesome and Beautiful to show your Love & Respects to those who put themselves on the line for us Daily. God Bless them & May they all continue to RIP…Way to go Texas Roadhouse! Thank you to the Aweome [sic] 5 who served our City Proudly…Forever missed & never forgotten!!!”

Another commented, “Hats off to you Texas Roadhouse for remembering the Dallas5!!”

“Texas Roadhouse has become my favorite steakhouse chain over the last few years, this just gives me one more reason to appreciate the company. All who serve; be they military, law enforcement (federal, state,or local community), or firefighters deserve this type of remembrance when they have given the ultimate sacrifice,” wrote another.

It’s heartening to see Texas Roadhouse honoring the five heroic officers who ended up sacrificing themselves to protect the public.

Michael J. Smith, Michael Krol, Patrick Zamarripa, Lorne Ahrens, and Brent Thompson—Thank you for defending our community with your lives. You will never be forgotten.

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