A la carte the way it’s supposed to be: Hotel chain offers free food to guests

druryTurns out there is such a thing as a free lunch. Or in this case, dinner.

Drury Hotels, the family-owned hotel chain that includes mid-priced properties such as Drury Inn & Suites, Drury Plaza Hotels, and Pear Tree Inn by Drury, are offering free hot food at a time when competitors are busy cutting back amenities.

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The product is called “5:30 Kickbacksm” and will feature “a variety of evening food and drink items” in all its hotels by early next year.

“With budgets tightening for both families and businesses during these tough economic times, we wanted to create something that would make traveling easier and less expensive for our guests,” says Chuck Drury, the company’s chief executive.

Here’s what’s on the menu:

Chicken fingers, baked potatoes, buffalo-style chicken wings, charbroiled meatballs, fresh carrots and celery, egg rolls, garden salad, hot dogs and more will be a part of Drury’s rotating menu, served every evening from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm.

At the 5:30 Kickbacksm Drury will also continue to serve a variety of free cold beverages, including beer, wine, mixed drinks and soft drinks.

So yes, it’s bar food, but if you’re on a business trip and have just checked into a hotel, there are no two words you’ll like better than “FREE FOOD” (unless you’re on a per diem.)

Great idea.

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