Family is denied a booth at restaurant, they took a picture of it and it goes viral

“Would you prefer a booth or a table?” If you’re lucky, that’s one of the first things you’ll hear when you enter any restaurant. The hostess greets you with a “hello”, and then asks you your table preference. But, for this particular Dallas, Texas couple — this was not the experience they had at their local Texas Roadhouse.

As the couple approached a table with four chairs, they noticed a seemingly empty booth. As the hostess began to seat them at the table next to it, the family requested to sit there. When the hostess denied their request, it didn’t take them long to realize why.

After taking a closer look, the family humbly noticed the table was being reserved for a group of five very important people. The booth was adorned in a white tablecloth and the dinnerware was set. A Texas State flag, and an American flag were both gracefully hung above the table.

The couple snapped this photo of the beautiful arrangement. The letter on the table explains that the booth was reserved for five police officers who wouldn’t be able to make it to dinner. They had been shot down in the line of duty. All five men were killed by multiple snipers in Dallas, Texas. The spot was set up as a memorial to these men, who gave their lives to protect the citizens of Dallas.

In order to honor the brave acts the men in blue had shown, Texas Roadhouse wanted to show a gesture of their appreciation. They reserved this spot just for them, so that everyone in the restaurant would be able to acknowledge their selfless acts of justice, they let their legacy live on in the hearts of those who experienced the memento. 

The sign commemorating the men read:

“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.”

Although Texas Roadhouse’s recognition of these men was a very noble act, what these five policemen chose to do for our protection on that day is even more amazing. Let’s all give these brave men in blue a moment of silence so as to say “thank you” for doing what they do best – for serving and protecting us.