Diners at Nick's Junction in Roanoke on Sunday, March 17, will be helping out the Roanoke Volunteer Fire Department.
Customers can order anything from the Nick's Junction menu, and all profits will be donated to the department. The restaurant will be open from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., and all meals ordered during that time will benefit the fire department.
This is the sixth or seventh year Nick's Junction owner Jim Drabenstot has sponsored the benefit breakfast, but this year's event is a change from tradition.
In the past, Drabenstot says, he served up pancakes and sausages. Every year, people would stop in to make a donation to the fire department, but they didn't want to eat the pancakes and sausages.
He decided this year he'd throw open the entire menu to give diners more of a choice.
All proceeds, once the cost of the food is subtracted, will go to the department. Additional donations will also be accepted.
"This is my community service to the town of Roanoke," Drabenstot says. "It's just something I started doing, and kept on doing."
Chad Taylor, chief of the Roanoke Volunteer Fire Department, says the proceeds from the breakfast will help purchase an accountability system for the department. The system will provide a more accurate way of keeping track of firefighters on the scene of a fire, he explains.
Complete caption: Jim Drabenstot, owner of Nick’s Junction in Roanoke, will team up with the Roanoke Volunteer Fire Department for a benefit breakfast on Sunday, March 17. Standing ready for the event are (front row, from left) firefighters Brian Bogner and Kasie Platt, with Drabenstot; and (back row from left) firefighters Ronnie Black and Chad Taylor.