Donate a blanket to Suzie Burger and get a free meal

The icon for Suzie Burger will “oversee” the New Year’s Day meal deal.
The icon for Suzie Burger will “oversee” the New Year’s Day meal deal. Sacramento Bee Staff Photo

Here’s a meal deal: In partnership with Loaves & Fishes, the third annual “Burgers For Blankets” program is coming to Suzie Burger in Midtown.

As a deejay spins music, the first 1,000 customers who show up on New Year’s Day will receive free meals in exchange for donated blankets to benefit the homeless. The special-event hours are from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., or until 1,000 meals are given away, whichever comes first.

“Whether people donate blankets or not, they’ll still get a free cheeseburger, french fries and a drink,” said Suzie Burger general manager Brian Spence. “It’s really about giving back to the community. Our record is collecting 400 blankets.”

Suzie Burger was opened in January 2008 by brothers and veteran restaurateurs Matt and Fred Haines, whose holdings include 33rd Street Bistros in Sacramento, El Dorado Hills and Davis, and the Riverside Clubhouse in Sacramento. Their fond memories of boyhood meals at the original Suzie Burger at the Lanai Shopping Center near Executive Airport inspired them to create the new incarnation.

Suzie Burger is housed in a converted garage that originally was an Orbit gas station, then became an Andy Granatelli Tuneup Masters. The main dining room is where the auto-service bays used to be, and the roll-up doors are opened when the weather allows.

The restaurant is at 2820 P St., Sacramento; 916-455-3500,

Allen Pierleoni: 916-321-1128, @apierleonisacbe