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Barbecue restaurant looks to raise awareness about public servants

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Mission BBQ works to honor service members. (WSMV) Mission BBQ works to honor service members. (WSMV)

Afternoon roll call at Metro police’s North Precinct is not usually a catered event.

The chicken and sausage barbecue layout came courtesy of a new restaurant promising to be the officers’ new best friend.

“We understand the importance of what you do and have the utmost respect for what you do every day,” said Lee Blackwell, who will run Mission BBQ when it opens in Nashville next month.

There are more than 20 locations around the country. The first one opened on Sept. 11, 2011, exactly 10 years after the 9/11 attacks.

BBQ Mission said its mission is to support and help soldiers, police, fire and anyone else who serves by hiring veterans, offering charity nights and providing information.

Their message was as welcome as the macaroni and cheese.

“With today’s perception of police in the community, for me personally, it makes us feel appreciated for what we do in the community when not a lot of people like us in this time and era,” said Melvin Taylor, a Metro police officer.

Blackwell said he hopes his restaurant finds a way to remind people what life is like for public servants, like the officers at the North Precinct.

“We want Americans to know how important your jobs are and how much we as Americans should appreciate you each and every day,” Blackwell said.

Officers said they hope all of this is more than a good marketing strategy, but strongly believe that any opportunity to raise awareness for what they do is a good thing.

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