The coronavirus pandemic has inspired endless acts of generosity among Dallas-Fort Worth restaurants, whether of a charitable nature or else an attempt to draw customers where there are none.
Regardless of the why, the results are of benefit to all: Free meals, free wine, free French fries.
Here's a round of freebies, check and see if you're eligible:
Staff Meal Dallas
Staff Meal Dallas is a new charitable project making to-go meal packs for restaurant workers in need. Through financial donations and people donating their time, the initiative is providing 300 meal packs each weekend, free of charge.
The initiative is a response to the growing amount of restaurant and hospitality workers unemployed due to COVID-19, via a collaboration by FestEvents Foundation, Virgin Hotel chef Nick Walker, chef Sharon Van Meter and Steve DeShazo of El Centro College. The program is designed to provide 2,400 free chef-crafted meals per weekend to industry members.
Each pack has breakfast for 4 and dinner for 4. They're being dished out on Saturdays, 10 am-2 pm, in a no-touch pick-up line at 3015 at Trinity Groves. To reserve a meal pack, go online to StaffMeal.eventbrite.com. Proof of past employment will be required. No interlopers!
Donations can be made at staffmeal.org; $20 pays for 10 meals.
Kung Fu Tea
Bubble tea chain has a #Boba4All campaign created to give back to the community of bubble tea drinkers. They're hosting a sweepstakes through April 30 for the chance to win one year of free bubble tea. Meanwhile, from April 15-May 30, they'll throw in free bubbles on any drink purchased through Order Ahead, Uber Eats, or Grubhub.
Greenville Avenue Pizza Co.
Local pizza chain is giving out free wine via its Wine Down Wednesday feature. They're offering a free bottle of wine with any $30 purchase or more, for pick-up only, and while supplies last, on Wednesdays beginning at 11 am until they run out. It's on at both locations: 1923 Greenville Ave and 1145 Peavy Rd.
Chicken sandwich concept is giving out free custard at its location in the CityLine center in Richardson. It's one free pint of frozen custard with each order of $20 or more, and three free pints with any order of $40 or more. They have vanilla and chocolate, plus a flavor of the week.
Steak 'n Shake
At Steak 'n Shake restaurants across America, including Dallas-Fort Worth, customers who visit the drive-thru can request a free order of fries. The chain says it's their way of thanking every single American who continues to play their part in restoring America. "In such challenging times, we would like to do our part for our communities by giving out free fries to all," says Steak 'n Shake CEO Sardar Biglari in a release.