DETROIT (WWJ) — Applebee’s, Olga’s Kitchen, MOD Pizza and Del Taco restaurants will offer free meals to veterans and active military personnel on Veterans Day throughout Metro Detroit.

The TEAM Schostak Family Restaurants — a Michigan-based, family-owned restaurant group — made the announcement on Friday as a part of an effort to support and honor America’s troops.

On Friday, November 11, all 66 TSFR Applebee’s, 25 Olga’s Kitchen, five MOD Pizza and four Del Taco restaurants will celebrate Veterans Day by providing a free meal to those who have served or are currently enlisted in military services.

Applebee’s will feature a special Veterans Day menu as well as provide a $5 bounce back coupon to each veteran to use on their next visit. Olga’s Kitchen will offer The Original Olga sandwich, while Del Taco will offer its 1-10 combo meals and MOD Pizza will offer any MOD size pizza for free.

“We are proud to open our doors and give the men and women who continue to fight on our behalf a free meal that they can enjoy with family and friends in a fun and welcoming environment. We look forward to having these brave individuals in our restaurants and being able to thank them in person for their efforts,” TSFR Director of Marketing Barb Pasciak said in a press release.

In addition to the free meals to veterans, TSFR and its 66 Applebee’s restaurants launched a “Pour One Forward” campaign in which guests can purchase two Samuel Adams Boston Lagers — one to drink and one to share with their local military hero.

From October 20 thru November 10, guests who participate in the Pour One Forward campaign can write a “thank you” note to troops. On Veterans Day, active military personnel and veterans can select one of the postcards from behind the bar and exchange it for a Boston Lager at no cost to them.

Those eligible to receive a free meal need to show proof of service, such as a U.S. Uniform Services Identification Card, DDT214 Citation or Commendation, U.S. Uniform Services Retired Identification Card, a Current Leave and Earnings Statement (LES), a Veterans Organization Card, a photograph of he/she in military uniform or by wearing their military uniform in-restaurant.

In addition to the above, those eligible for the Pour One Forward drink must be 21 years of age or older.

For more information or a complete list of participating locations, visit

  1. Thank God that they are receiving some appreciation and gratitude from society, because they sure are not getting any help what-so-ever from the Government.

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