Lansing Saddleback Grill Helps Gaylord Residents After Tornado


It’s times and people like these that make me proud to call Lansing home.

Lansing BBQ Restaurant helps Gaylord after horrific tornado

You’ve probably heard of the Saddleback BBQ. They have a location in REO Town Lansing and Okemos. They also own Slice by Saddleback on the west side of Lansing and the soon to open south side location in Pennsylvania. Heck, you’ve probably even had a few of their deliciously smoked and barbecued meats. But, while their food is delicious, that’s not my favorite thing about Saddleback BBQ. . .

What really makes Saddleback BBQ so amazing is their strong sense of community and selfless acts of service.

Tornado destroys parts of Gaylord, Michigan

Sadly, Gaylord, Michigan experienced a horrific tragedy when a tornado ripped through the town. The National Weather Service confirmed that a tornado with an EF3 rating and with winds of up to 140 mph touched down on May 20.

As of Saturday, May 21, Fox 17 News reported there have been two confirmed deaths and at least 44 people hospitalized. Businesses and homes were destroyed, trees were uprooted, power lines fell and there was extensive property damage. Governor Gretchen Whitmer has declared a state of emergency in Otsego County.

Saddleback BBQ posted the appeal on its Facebook page, telling customers they would be heading to Gaylord today (Sunday May 22) to hand out supplies and prepare free food for those in need. Find out in the posts below.

Saddleback’s generosity knows no bounds.

So I guess it’s a bit of a love letter to Saddleback BBQ. Thanks for all you’ve done.

You constantly help the community, small businesses and people in need with your actions, your fundraising efforts and your delicious meals. Thanks for all you’ve done! You are a shining example of what a business should be and do. Keep being awesome!

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