Veterans Day is on Saturday, November 11, and many Maine businesses are honoring those who have served their country. One of these places is showing their gratitude to Mainers who have served by giving them a full meal for free.

Lotus Chinese and Japanese Restaurant opened on Center Street in Auburn in 2013, and on every Veterans Day since, the popular restaurant has said thanks to Veterans with a free meal.

In a press release, owner Jim Wu said, “Just like everyone in the service industry, we continue to see staffing shortages. Despite that, we are expecting a good turnout. If there is a wait, we just ask that people have patience as we want to make sure we feed as many people as possible.”

For the 11th year in a row, Lotus Restaurant will be offering a free meal to Veterans on Veteran’s Day but it is offered for dine-in customers only.

Like so many other businesses in the service industry, Lotus is experiencing staff shortages. They're still expecting a big turnout, so they ask for your patience.

All active-duty members of the military and Veterans are eligible for the free meal from Lotus' All You Can Eat Buffet. However, beverages, tax, and gratuity are not included. Meals are limited to one per person.

Lotus is open on Veterans Day from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. For a look at the menu, visit Lotus' website.

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