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Lockhart Smokehouse Donates 700 Meals Worth Of BBQ After Thief Steals Water Meter

Talk about turning lemons into lemonade

Smoked meats are the best kind of donation.
Amy McCarthy is a staff writer at, focusing on pop culture, policy and labor, and only the weirdest online trends.

It was the oddest of crimes. Yesterday, Lockhart Smokehouse announced via Twitter that a thief with very strange motives had stolen the restaurant’s water meter, leaving it without a way to open up for lunch service. Which meant that there was plenty of barbecue prepared for lunch that was set to go to waste. Fortunately, Lockhart Smokehouse had a much better idea.

The Dallas Morning News reports that Lockhart Smokehouse donated its lunch rush batch of smoked meats to two Dallas charities, helping feed at least 700 hungry people a hearty lunch at The Stewpot and The Bridge. Owner Jill Grabowsky-Bergus told the News that she “wasn’t aware” that restaurants could donate their leftover prepared foods to charity, but now hopes to “spread the word” to other restaurants in hopes that they’ll do the same.

In addition to the heartwarming donation, this story turns out with a pretty happy ending considering that The City of Dallas promptly fixed Lockhart Smokehouse’s water woes, making it possible for the restaurant to open for dinner service last night.