Food & Drink

Free food, discounts for veterans Friday

This sweet chili shrimp is one of the appetizers available to veterans for free at Red Lobster on Veterans Day Friday. Other appetizers and desserts are also available for free to veterans.
This sweet chili shrimp is one of the appetizers available to veterans for free at Red Lobster on Veterans Day Friday. Other appetizers and desserts are also available for free to veterans. SPECIAL TO THE BEE

There really is a free lunch if you’re a veteran.

Veterans Day is Friday and several restaurants are offering a free meal, ranging from Wienerschnitzel to locally owned REV’S in Clovis. Separately, a few other businesses are giving away free hair cuts and discounted go-cart rides and more.

But first, the food.

REV’S restaurant on Clovis Avenue is owned by Brian Velasquez – a Gulf War veteran and former Marine – and his wife Renee Velasquez. Her initials provided the inspiration for the restaurant’s name, which The Bee wrote about when the restaurant first opened.

As a thank-you, they will serve free lunches for veterans from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday (a few days after Veterans Day). The special menu includes the rib-eye burger, flat iron steak or tri-tip sandwich.

Reservations are highly recommended. The restaurant is at 401 Clovis Ave. Details: 559-324-7387.

Texas Roadhouse on West Shaw Avenue in Fresno is offering a “Texas-size thank-you” with a free lunch Friday. Active, former military and retired veterans can choose from among 10 entrees, including a 6-ounce sirloin steak with two sides.

The offer runs from 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and the restaurant is asking for proof of service that includes a military or VA card or discharge papers.

Black Angus Steakhouse is offering a free Angus beef top sirloin steak Friday with home-style mashed potatoes, broccoli with garlic butter and sweet molasses bread. Bring your military ID.

At Olive Garden restaurants, active-duty military and veterans can choose from a menu of six of the restaurant’s most popular dishes. The meals are served with unlimited soup, salad and garlic bread sticks.

Wiernerschnitzel is offering veterans a free chili dog, small french fries and a 20-ounce drink. Bring a military ID or wear a uniform.

Red Lobster is offering a free dessert or appetizer to veterans Thursday and Friday. Bring your military ID.

Options include sweet chili shrimp, mozzarella sticks, seafood-stuffed mushrooms, a warm chocolate chip lava cookie, New York cheesecake, key lime pie and more.

In the nonedible category are some Veterans Day discounts. They include $10 rides all day at the Clovis MB2 Raceway, the indoor go-kart racing business at Sierra Vista Mall. Bring a military ID.

Great Clips locations in the Valley are offering free haircuts to veterans. Here’s how it works: Customers getting a hair cut Friday can get a free haircut card to give to a veteran. Or, veterans who visit Great Clips Friday can get a free haircut that day or get a card for a free cut that can be redeemed by Dec. 31.

JCPenney is giving veterans a 5 percent discount from Thursday through Sunday. It can be combined with other deals like coupons. Veterans must show military or VA identification.

Bethany Clough: 559-441-6431, @BethanyClough

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