CAPE CORAL, Fla. – The grill at Nevermind Awesome Bar & Eatery in Cape Coral was loaded with burger patties as members of the Cape Coral Police Department trickled in for a free lunch on Friday.
“We have a really good, thriving economy here in Cape Coral now and the police department does a really good job on a daily and weekly basis and we want to do something nice for them today,” Shannon Yates, the owner of Nevermind said.
More than a dozen officers came to the Cape Coral restaurant for free burgers and fries and good company.
“We’re a very family-driven town and without law and order what do you got?” Yates said.
Once one business wanted to show their appreciation and squash all the negativity, others couldn’t help but join in.
“I thought I would want to participate in some way, either with monies or labor. Looks like they got the labor side of it all set here,” Larry Verdone, the general manager of Culligan in Fort Myers. Verdone volunteered to pay the bill.
The owner of Nevermind said it was hard not to do something for the police department after hearing about the incident in Pembroke Pines. Earlier this week, an officer was allegedly denied service at Arby’s simply because she’s a member of law enforcement.
“I am just glad to see that a local business such as Nevermind is being the exact opposite and reaching out and wanting to show support,” Sgt. Dana Coston with the Cape Coral Police Department said.