LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Hot diggity dog! The Hill City’s oldest dining establishment, the Texas Inn — or, to Lynchburg locals, the “T Room” — is celebrating its 86th anniversary by rolling back the clock on its hot dog prices on Monday and by giving back to the community over the next few months.
According to a statement shared on the restaurant’s behalf in September, Texas Inn owner Dave Saunders wants to make a positive impact amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic by showing his appreciation for the generations of loyal customers who have kept his restaurant a staple of the community since 1935
“The term ’86’ is restaurant slang meaning an item is no longer available or sold out — and that’s exactly what we want to do with hunger in Lynchburg,” Saunders said. “We’ve been a proud member of our community for 86 years and we want to continue to give back to the city we’ve called home for so long. We’re hoping everyone comes out and supports food-insecure families in Lynchburg by donating non-perishable items to our food drive.”
Examples of non-perishable items are listed below, but you are asked to avoid items in glass containers:
- Canned soups
- Canned vegetables
- Peanut butter
- Spaghetti sauce
- Boxed macaroni and cheese
- Canned tuna and chicken
- Paper products
- Baby food, formula, and diapers
- Feminine products
There will be donation boxes placed in the Texas Inn on Cornerstone Street and the downtown Texas Inn on Main Street to collect these non-perishable items for food-insecure families. The items will then be given to the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank on Jan. 5, 2022.
“We’re happy to partner with the Texas Inn to make an active and hands-on contribution to ending hunger in Lynchburg,” said Colleen Berger, Volunteer and Food Drive Coordinator at Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. “This drive will positively affect the children, seniors, and families at risk of hunger in our community, especially over the holiday season when our need is even greater.”
This food drive will be held in conjunction with an anniversary celebration on Monday, featuring an 86-cent specials on hotdogs at both Texas Inn locations in Lynchburg from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. However, there is a limit of six hot dogs per person.
“We want to help end hunger in Lynchburg while also showing some appreciation for our dedicated patrons,” Saunders said. “Come on out and enjoy the best hot dogs in town and help us give back to those in our community who need it most.”
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