|By G. Michael Dobbs|
SPRINGFIELD Texas Roadhouse will make a rare lunch-time opening on Sept. 2 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to raise money for the Children's Miracle Network at Baystate Medical Center Children's Hospital.
Michelle Fairman, the marketing director for the popular restaurant, told Reminder Publications that the event had been planned for six months, but the recent passing of a young regular customer has made the day even more meaningful to the restaurant's staff.
Fairman explained that a 10-year-old local boy named William (the family only wanted to identify the child by his first name) had been a regular visitor to the restaurant and had undergone treatment for a brain tumor. He lost his fight on July 29 and the restaurant opened for a private lunch after the memorial service. One of the tables that had been William's favorite now has a brass memorial plate.
The restaurant will offer a special menu from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will ask each patron for a $10 donation that will go directly to the Children's Hospital. Outside the restaurant, the Texas Roadhouse staff will perform line dancing and there will be a variety of activities for the entire family including balloon animals, face-painting, a Springfield Fire Department truck and information on children's health.
There are no reservations necessary for the event and lunch will be served until 2 p.m. The outdoor activities will continue until 3 p.m.
Re Max Teamwork Reality of East Longmeadow will match the donations up to $5,000.
The restaurant is located at the Allen and Cooley shopping center.