Antioch restaurant serves free meals

March 30, 2009 3:43:00 PM PDT
There's only one thing better than a great meal and that's a great free meal.That's what's happening Monday and Tuesday at a restaurant in Antioch near the Wisconsin border. Johnny's Chophouse in Antioch is one of those extremely popular restaurants. Just look at the line. What's going on here?

"The food is excellent," said Shirley Messing, Johnny's Chophouse regular.

Inside Johnny's the place is jammed and the buffet line is a gauntlet of gastronomical gorge-able goodies.

"On the menu we have soup, salads, ah, ah, steakhouse meatloaf, pepper steak, barbeque ribs, fish fried," said Johnny Katris, Co-Owner of Johnny's Chophouse.

It is all you can eat free until 8 p.m. on Monday and from 11:30 a.m. through dinner on Tuesday. It's freeloaders heaven.

"I want to give back to all my customers who have been supporting me for almost forty years in Antioch area. So because of the hard times I want to give something back," said Johnny Katris.

Johnny and his two sons George and Dino have been running the chophouse for four years. Johnny has had several restaurants in the area since 1970.

"This is our version of the economic stimulus package," said Dino Katris, co-owner of Johnny's Chophouse.

Johnny Katris says that Monday and Tuesday he will serve at least 4,000 meals. Does he have any idea what this will cost him?

"Maybe $10,000 to $15,000," said Johnny.

You do have to pay for beverages but besides that the only cost is time spent standing in line.