At Enoteca In Port St. Lucie, Veterans, Police And Firefighters Eat For Free On 9/11—And Receive Discounts Through September
Enoteca Italian restaurant and wine bar in Port St. Lucie is showing appreciation for our country’s heroes with dining specials as part of Heroes Appreciation month.
Veterans, military personnel (both active and retired), police officers and firefighters are all invited to receive a free meal up to $25 on Sept. 11 from open until close with a valid military ID or other proof of service.
Throughout the rest of the month, heroes can pay half price for lunch and dinner. That same amount will be donated to Honor Flight, a nonprofit organization that takes U.S veterans to see war memorials in Washington, D.C.
In fact, some of that money will be personally matched by the restaurant owners.
The chance to give back to a community of heroes is one that’s personal for two of the eatery's partners.
Jerry Haffey Jr. is an Army veteran who was stationed in north central Baghdad during his tour of Iraq in the mid-2000s. His wife, Jade Haffey, said they decided to launch the promotion as a thank-you to those who risk their lives every day.
“Heroes [are] any people who are in the front lines,” she said.
She heard about Honor Flight from conversations with several customers and wanted to help.
About a handful of customers have taken advantage of the promotion since it launched last week, but it looks like the word is spreading: Jade Haffey said the restaurant has quite a few reservations already set for Friday, Sept. 11.
Although she’s originally from New York—and was living there on 9/11—she was quick to point out the impact of that day is not limited to those directly affected by the attacks.
“Everybody, no matter where they come from, will generally never forget that day,” she said.
It’s the first time the restaurant, which has been under their ownership since June 2014, is running such a promotion. But Jade Haffey said she hopes it won’t be the last. After Friday, she said she wants to begin organizing events to benefit breast cancer research and animal rescues.
Enoteca; 10472 SW Village Center Drive, Port Saint Lucie