DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Many restaurants will open their doors on Thanksgiving, but customers won’t need any cash at The Slow Bone in Dallas.
For the second year, the barbeque joint will host what they call “FreeBird,” with the hope of topping last year’s attendance. Everyone who walks through The Slow Bird doors on Thanksgiving between 1 pm and 4 pm will get a free meal. Last year, about 350 people were served at the restaurant. There was so much food left over, another 300 meals were delivered to shelters, and local police and fire stations.
Anyone is welcome to attend. Last year’s crowd was a mix of regular customers, people driving through Dallas on the holiday, and families in need.
“Most stories are families that weren’t able to put meals on the table,” said executive chef Jeffrey Hobbs.
The Slow Bone staff has been prepping for the event all week, with help from other local restaurants. Volunteers will serve up a menu that includes turkey, stuffing, sweet potato casserole, green bean casserole, macaroni and cheese, salad, and bread.
Hobbs says they wanted to create an experience where people can make their own memories.
“To put smiles on those people’s faces. That’s why we do it.”
Hobbs hopes FreeBird becomes an annual tradition.
The Slow Bone is located at 2234 Irving Blvd in Dallas, Texas.