MANCHESTER —The Red Arrow Diner recently took a much-needed break to celebrate its staff members.

All four locations in Concord, Londonderry, Manchester, and Nashua closed for an entire day so employees and their guests could attend a company-wide staff appreciation barbeque.

Employees celebrating milestones with the company — including 20-plus, 15, 10, and five-year anniversaries — were specially recognized.

The five-hour event was the first annual employee appreciation for the Red Arrow Diner and featured food, beverages, and activities, such as a cornhole tournament, sumo suits, dunk tank and more.

In addition, management raffled off $5,000 in $100 increments to present to employees.

Carol Lawrence, Red Arrow president and co-owner, credited employees’ hard work and support during challenging times.

“Let’s be honest, the past 18 months have been brutal and not the roller coaster ride any of us could have anticipated, or ever wished for,” Lawrence told Red Arrow staff.

“But we couldn’t have made it through without the support each of you have given us. Your flexibility and willingness to pivot throughout every challenge COVID-19 has thrown our way have made us able to stay open and successful. You are a testament to what the Red Arrow Diner stands for —excellent customer service, fabulous food, and lifelong friendships.”

Planning has already begun for next year’s employee appreciation event, which will be held during the Red Arrow Diner’s 100th year of operation.

For more information about the Red Arrow, visit redarrowdiner.com.

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