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article imageArby's planning something different for 'leap day'

By Nathan Salant     Feb 26, 2016 in Food
Atlanta - The fast-food chain that uses "We've got the meats" as its advertising slogan has cooked something else up entirely for Tuesday, Feb. 29.
Arby's Restaurant Group Inc., famous purveyor of fast-food sandwiches slathered with roast beef or other meats, will offer a vegetarian menu on leap day 2016 and, possibly, every leap day after that.
Leap year comes around every four years. Every. Four. Years.
"At Arby's, we're proud of our meats, but we also understand that meat isn't for everyone," Arby's Chief Marketing Officer Rob Lynch said in a written statement released Wednesday in Atlanta, where the chain has its headquarters.
"So we've decided to give vegetarians a reason to visit Arby's on Leap Day by offering a one-day menu designed specifically for them," he said.
The menu consists of every Arby's sandwich offering -- and there are many -- without meat included.
That's a roast beef sandwich without roast beef, a "beef 'n cheddar" without the beef, a "loaded Italian sandwich" without the ham, salami and pepperoni, a Reuben without the corned beef, an Angus Philly without the steak, a Roast Turkey and Swiss without the turkey, a Chicken Bacon Swiss Wrap without the chicken and bacon -- even a Crispy Fish Sandwich without the fish.
But prices for meatless items will remain the same as the meat-containing versions, Lynch said.
Meat eaters should not panic, he said, because traditional versions of all Arby's sandwiches still will be available.
And who knows? Maybe vegetarian Arby's is the next big thing, right?
Well, probably not.
"If it goes well, we'll likely bring back the vegetarian menu on Feb. 29 each year," he said.
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