Armed Forces Week at Mission BBQ


BRADENTON – Bradenton’s Mission BBQ is serving up free food to those who serve our country.

Monday kicks off the restaurant’s Armed Forces Week, with each day honoring a different branch of the Military.

Both active duty and veterans can stop by Mission BBQ for a free sandwich on their designated day.

Mission BBQ opened its doors Sept. 11, 2011, honoring the men and women who protect our country.

Matthew Pasquale, general manager of Mission BBQ Bradenton, says this week is just a reminder of what the restaurant represents.

“They’re sacrificing their lives to give us the freedom to do what we do, and ultimately that’s it,” Pasquale said. “It’s the least that we can do. It’s who we support. We get to employ about 50 teammates here to help us to achieve our goals and keep them inspired by those people that are out there fighting for our country.”

Monday is Army day, Tuesday is Marine Corps, Wednesday is Navy, Thursday is Air Force, and Friday is Coast Guard.

Mission BBQ is wrapping up the week with Armed Forces Day on Saturday with free sandwiches for all veterans and active duty military.

The restaurant is located on N. Tamiami Trail just before Cortez Rd.

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