Veterans supporting Ohio restaurants during the pandemic

OHIO – A group of veterans and patriots from northeast Ohio are serving their country again. This time around, they’re helping restaurants fight the pandemic.

What you need to know

  • The Lunch Bunch supports a new restaurant every Wednesday
  • The group started visiting restaurants when the COVID-19 pandemic began
  • The bunch sing the national anthem and God Bless America at every lunch

Every week, Mike Bokulich and others gather to honor their country and help a restaurant.

“We do this because we love to support local businesses and a year ago when we met, much of the state was closed. We decided we weren’t going to close. And every Wednesday the lunch bunch meets at a different one Restaurant to support local businesses, “said Mike Bokulich, a Navy veteran.

Before the pandemic, the Lunch Bunch crew met at Ziggy’s in Amherst. They decided to spread to other restaurants like Mission BBQ in Parma. You were warmly welcomed by the restaurant.

“We have visited 30 or 40 restaurants in Vermilion, Amherst, Lorain, Elyria, all around us,” said Roger Brownson of Lorain.

The lunch bunch started with just a few people. Now there are about 20 members who look forward to seeing their gang of brothers every week.

“It’s always great to come together. We have a bond. We still have confidence in our country. It may go up and down a bit, but we still have confidence in our country,” said Amherst’s John Sekletar.

The Lunch Bunch is also building a following on social media.

“We are followed by hundreds of people wondering where the lunch bunch is going to be every week, and it’s just so patriotic. Right now as we did this, my hair stood on end, it almost brought me to tears,” said Mike Bokulich.

The group plans to go to Lorain for the next lunch.

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