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Food, shopping on ‘Shop with a Sheriff’

The Tokyo Steakhouse on Dawson Road provided a free lunch for children and their hosts from the Dougherty County Sheriff’s Office Tuesday before the group went shopping at Kmart for Christmas gifts as part of the annual holiday “Shop with the Sheriff.”

The Tokyo Steakhouse on Dawson Road provided a free lunch for children and their hosts from the Dougherty County Sheriff’s Office Tuesday before the group went shopping at Kmart for Christmas gifts as part of the annual holiday “Shop with the Sheriff.”

ALBANY, Ga. — The hibachi chefs at the Tokyo Steakhouse and Sushi Bar pulled out their best moves to entertain children who might not have ever been to a restaurant for steak before.

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Pete Skiba

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Fresh from a free lunch donated by the restaurant's owner at the Dawson Road Tokyo Steakhouse, 18 children pause for pictures with their hosts at the Dougherty County "Shop with a Sheriff" event Tuesday.

Han Kim, owner of the 2724 Dawson Road restaurant, opened his menu of steaks, lobster, chicken and other tasty foods free to 18 children as part of the Dougherty County Sheriff’s Office “Shop with the Sheriff” event Tuesday.

“How many of you have ever been in a restaurant like this before?” asked Sheriff Kevin Sproul. “No one?”

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Pete Skiba

Not a single hand was raised among the underprivileged children who had been recommended for the day’s events by a concerned citizen, a teacher or a counselor. Hosted by deputies, the children smiled, began using chopsticks and thoroughly enjoyed the meal and the antics of the hibachi chefs.

“You see this is our egg roll,” said a chef as he rolled a raw egg on his grill, picked it up with a spatula and flipped it onto his chef’s cap. He flipped the egg from his cap and cracked it onto the grill to begin making fried rice.

Children from kindergarten through sixth grade in age and adults laughed and applauded the show. Deputies hugged children and the lunch took on a family atmosphere. After lunch, a convoy took the children to Kmart a couple blocks away.

Shopping with a line of credit of about $100 line and a 10 percent discount on all merchandise, the children studied catalogs at the store. The money for the purchases came from the sheriff’s office annual golf tournament and from a Southwest Georgia Exchange Club donation.

“Don’t get any coats,” a deputy said, “Central Monitoring donated coats for you all.”

Jonathon Jones looked through a bin for electronic games to play on his PlayStation II under the supervision of sheriff’s Deputy Pedro Cruz. Other children loaded up on skateboards, dolls and more toys.