20 deals to celebrate Veterans Day around Connecticut

Veterans Day is Nov. 11 and businesses across Connecticut are honoring veterans and active military personnel by offering specials on food, haircuts and more. 

The day was founded to honor the end of World War I when Germany signed an armistice agreement with the Allies on the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938, according to the U.S. Census. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed legislation in 1954 to change the name of the holiday to Veterans Day as a way to honor those who served in all American wars.

Here are some deals around the state for Veterans Day:

 

Aroma Joe's
Bristol

Aroma Joe's opened its first location in Bristol in early April. 

Aroma Joe's opened its first location in Bristol in early April. 

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Aroma Joe's is offering a free 24-ounce drink to all veterans.

Aroma Joe's has a location at 1235 Farmington Avenue in Bristol.

110 Grill
Canton and Southington

A view of the crab rangoon dip at 110 Grill at Crossgates Mall on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, in Guilderland, N.Y. (Paul Buckowski/Times Union)
A view of the crab rangoon dip at 110 Grill at Crossgates Mall on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, in Guilderland, N.Y. (Paul Buckowski/Times Union)
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110 Grill is offering a free lunch for veterans and active military from a select menu, according to its website.

110 Grill has locations in Canton and Southington.

Rosa Mexicano
West Hartford

Rosa Mexicano, opening Oct. 26 in West Hartford's Blue Back Square.

Rosa Mexicano, opening Oct. 26 in West Hartford's Blue Back Square.

Courtesy of Rosa Mexicano

Rosa Mexicano, which recently opened in West Hartford's Blue Back Square, is offering a free meal to veterans on Nov. 11. Vets can enjoy any food item on the menu, including Rosa’s tableside guacamole, signature nachos and churros. 

Rosa Mexicano is located at 51 Isham Road in West Hartford.

Dunkin'
Statewide

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Barcelona, Dunkin' Coffee, caf_ in subway station. (Photo by: Jeffrey Greenberg/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

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On Veterans Day, veterans and active military get a free donut of their choice at participating restaurants, according to Dunkin's website.

Dunkin has locations all across the state.

Starbucks
Statewide

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FILE - The Starbucks logo is seen on a storefront, Friday, Oct. 14, 2022, in Boston Starbucks reports quarterly financial results Thursday, Nov. 3, 2022.
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Active duty service members, reservists, veterans and military spouses can receive a free tall brewed coffee or iced coffee, according to Military.com.

Starbucks locations can be found all over the state.

Red Robin
West Hartford, Manchester and Enfield

Red Robin is offering veterans a free Red's Tavern Double burger with free refills of bottomless steak fries, according to its website. 

Red Robin has locations in West Hartford, Manchester and Enfield.

Applebee's
Plainville, Danbury, Torrington, Willimantic and Groton

BLOOMSBURG, UNITED STATES - 2022/02/10: A view of an Applebee's restaurant sign and logo. (Photo by Paul Weaver/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

BLOOMSBURG, UNITED STATES - 2022/02/10: A view of an Applebee's restaurant sign and logo. (Photo by Paul Weaver/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

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Applebee's is offering a free entree from a special menu to all active military, veterans, Reserves and National Guard members as part of the company's Veterans Day deals, according to its website.

Applebee's has locations in Plainville, Danbury, Willimantic, Torrington and Groton.

Little Caesars
Bridgeport, Danbury, New Britain and Norwich

Little Caesars is offering all veterans a lunch combo, which includes four slices of pizza and a soft drink, according to a press release.

Little Caesars has locations in Bridgeport, Danbury, New Britain and Norwich.

Charleys Philly Steaks
Trumbull, Meriden, Manchester, Danbury, Waterbury, Milford and Waterford

Charleys Philly Steaks' adverstiment for Veteran's Day.

Charleys Philly Steaks' adverstiment for Veteran's Day.

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Veterans can get free gourmet fries on Nov. 11, according to Charleys Philly Steaks' website.

Charleys Philly Steaks has locations on Trumbull, Meriden, Manchester, Milford, Danbury, Waterbury and Waterford. 

Hard Rock Cafe
Ledyard

All veterans can get a free Legendary Burger on Friday, according to the Hard Rock Cafe

The Hard Rock Cafe has a location on 350 Trolley Line Boulevard in Ledyard. 

Mohegan Sun
Montville

Interior views of Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Conn., on Saturday Mar. 18, 2017.
Interior views of Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Conn., on Saturday Mar. 18, 2017.
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Military discounts are available all year. Mohegan Sun will also host its annual Veterans Day celebration, "Vets Rock," on Nov. 11, according to its website. 

Mohegan Sun is located at 1 Mohegan Sun Boulevard in Montville.

Vineyard Vines
Greenwich, Westport, Clinton, New Canaan, Farmington and Mashantucket

The Vineyard Vines store holiday window display at 145 Greenwich Ave.

The Vineyard Vines store holiday window display at 145 Greenwich Ave.

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On Veterans Day, veterans and active duty military will receive 25% off of most items, according to its website.

Vineyard Vines has locations in Greenwich, Westport, Clinton, New Canaan, Farmington and Mashantucket.

Walgreens
Statewide

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FILE - This June 25, 2019, file photo shows a sign outside a Walgreens Pharmacy in Pittsburgh. 

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Walgreens is offering a 20% discount to all veterans and active duty military from Nov. 11 - 14, according to its website.

Walgreens has locations all across the state.

IHOP
Statewide

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Veterans and active military can get free Red, White & Blueberry Pancakes on Friday, according to its website.

IHOP has locations all across the state.

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store
East Windsor and Milford

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People depart a Cracker Barrel Old Country Store restaurant April 12, 2002 in Naperville, IL. 

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Veterans can receive a free slice of Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake with their meal, according to FSR Magazine. It is also offering 25% off military-themed apparel and drinkware.

Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores can be found in East Windsor and Milford.

Hooters
Wethersfield and Manchester

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All active-duty and retired military are entitled to one free entree from a special Veterans Day menu on Nov. 11, according to its website. 

Hooters has locations in Wethersfield and Manchester.

Outback Steakhouse
Wilton, Shelton, Orange, Newington, Southington and North Haven

Outback Steakhouse has a number of deals in place to support veterans, including 10% off all orders for those who serve, according to its website. Veterans can also get a Bloomin’ Onion and a fountain soda, according to The Military Wallet.

Outback Steakhouse has locations in Wilton, Southington, Shelton, Orange, Newington and North Haven.

Red Lobster
Bridgeport, Danbury, Wethersfield and North Haven

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Red Lobster CEO Kim Lopdrup says the company, based in Orlando, Fla., has updated its kitchens and plans to grow its global restaurant count from 750 to 1,000 in the next decade.
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Veterans can receive a free fried shrimp meal with fries and coleslaw on Nov. 11, according to its website. 

Red Lobster has locations in Bridgeport, Danbury, Wethersfield and North Haven.

Sport Clips Haircuts
All across the state

Brandon Argyros, 12, of Milford, gets his hair trimmed at the new business Sports Clips in Milford, Conn. on Friday July 23, 2010. Cutting Argyros' hair is employee Merissa Lawlor.
Brandon Argyros, 12, of Milford, gets his hair trimmed at the new business Sports Clips in Milford, Conn. on Friday July 23, 2010. Cutting Argyros' hair is employee Merissa Lawlor.
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Free haircuts are on deck for all veterans and active duty military on Veterans Day, according to its website. 

Sport Clips Haircuts has locations all across the state.

Chili's
Statewide

Chili's Grill and Bar: 5790 W FM 1604 N
Chili's Grill and Bar: 5790 W FM 1604 N
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Veterans and active military can grab a free meal off of Chili's special Veterans Day menu when they dine in the restaurant, on Nov. 11, according to its website.

There are Chili's locations all across the state.