Valdosta Daily Times

Business

August 22, 2009

Kids Nights

Kids eat free, for 99 cents or a buck at a number of area restaurants

VALDOSTA — During the hard economic times, parents can take advantage of all the Kids Eat Free offers since more and more restaurants are adding these deals to their menus.

According to a story in USA Today, “Restaurant operators have reported customer traffic declines for a staggering 22 consecutive months, the National Restaurant Association reports. Families are staying home.

Visits from families with kids were down 5 percent for the year ended in June, NPD Group says.”

Moe’s has had the Kids Eat Free deal since 2005. Every Wednesday, after 4 p.m., kids can eat free with the purchase of an adult meal. According to Mike Montgomery, manager, it has been pretty consistent and busy on Wednesdays throughout the years.

Most of the restaurants that have the Kids Eat Free deal usually require a purchase of an adult meal and the child must be 12 or under.

In addition to kids eating free, Atlanta Bread Company entertains the children as well. Every Thursday, from 4 p.m. until close, kids can participate in games, color sheets or watch TV, all organized by Rebecca George, the kids event coordinator. She said the kids have a circle area designed specifically for them, and when parents order a whole sandwich, half and half, or a whole salad, their children can eat free.

According to George, they have had that deal for a while as well, and it has also been busy during these nights.

Just about two months ago, Slap Daddy’s started a Family Night on Mondays after 5 p.m. and the kids get free meals. According to the owner Bob Braybrooks, kids don’t really care whether they eat for free or not, and that is why he spiced up the Family Night for the kids by adding some fun activities for them. For example, they have a clown called Hookey Pookey who makes balloon animals for them and a hamburger costume character that greets and welcomes everyone. The parents need to buy a combo in order to receive the free deal for their kids.

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