A new restaurant in Leesville is doing their part to thank the soldiers of the area with a “pay it forward” style of business. At Samburgers, customers can get themselves a good meal and ensure that a soldier has one as well.

When customers buy a Special Hero combo at Samburgers they can fill out a gift certificate that will then hang on the wall of the restaurant.

When a soldier in uniform comes in to eat they can look on the wall and use one of those certificates to get a free meal.

In the three weeks that they have been open, they have fed 50 soldiers free of charge.

This “pay it forward” style of honoring local heroes is the brainchild of Samburgers owners Sam and Jaymie Wright, who have been in the restaurant business for 15 years.

They were inspired by Jaymie’s father, the late Judge Jim Mitchell, who had a great respect for those who defend our nation.

“Our inspiration was my dad,” Jaymie said. “If we were eating out at a restaurant, if he saw a soldier there he would buy their dinner as thanks for what they do.”

Sam noted his father-in-law supported their business and was a big part of their lives.

“He was such an inspiration to me and was so supportive of our business. I wish he was here with us today. I know that he’d be proud of Jaymie.”

This month marked the third anniversary of Mitchell’s passing.

The “Judge” combo at Samburgers is named in his honor.

One of the goals that the Wrights want to achieve with Samburgers is to make it a place that serves and supports the heroes in the community such as those in the military, police force, fire department, EMTs, nurses and all first responders who give to the community.

The restaurant touts its sleek, streamlined menu with hamburgers cooked with seasoned all beef patties.

“We live in the South and we have to have some flavor in what we cook. We’ve been cooking burgers for 15 years, there aren’t many places that cook with the same amount of heart and passion that we do,” said Sam. “We love the military and we love Leesville. We are trying to combine the two.”

Samburgers is set to have a grand opening on Aug 4 and the Wrights want the whole community to come out and see what Samburgers is all about.

“We want this place to be a home away from home for our local heroes,” said Jaymie.