Hickory & Oak offering free steaks for local school employees

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – A local favorite restaurant has decided to make the first week of school a bit more relaxing with a free steak.

“My mom was an educator. She was a teacher’s assistant at Cumberland Trace for about 20 years. I just remember those first few weeks of school how tired she was being or how tired she was. She told my dad every time, just please don’t make me cook dinner this week. That was her relief, was knowing that dinner was taken care of. So we wanted to pay homage to that. But then also a thank you to all the teachers out there,” Joshua Poling, owner/chef at Hickory & Oak, says.

Originally, the deal was just for Warren County Public Schools employees, set to run Aug. 9-11. Now, it’s available for BGISD staff as well Aug. 15-17.

“It’s really fantastic. We love Bowling Green and we love being downtown and we love getting to be a cornerstone of downtown. We’re so fortunate that we’re able to do this. But the best thing in the world is getting to see the teachers come in, see their reaction and honestly just enjoy a really nice meal that’s kind of stress free. You don’t have to worry about money or anything. You’re just ordering your steak and eating,” Poling says.

One county schools employee says this is not the first time Josh has done something like this.

“During tornado relief, he donated thousands of dollars of gift cards to the families and students that were impacted. He has a big heart and is very generous. And it’s so encouraging to educators to be thanked in this way,” Leslie Smothers, assistant principal at Briarwood Elementary, says.