Whataburger is giving away free coffee and breakfast taquitos to federal employees during the government shutdown.

Whataburger is giving away free coffee and breakfast taquitos to federal employees during the government shutdown.

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Update: Whataburger's deal to give free breakfast to federal employees ended Feb. 3, 2019.

Original story, written Jan. 25, 2019: Despite the end of the partial government shutdown, Whataburger wants to pick up the tab for federal employees' breakfasts.

The Texas fast-food chain will hand out one free taquito and one free cup of coffee from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. starting on Jan. 26 for federal employees. You're reading this right: That could mean free Whataburger breakfast every day, until Whataburger puts a stop to it.

"The news of the temporary lift on the shutdown came soon after we sent out our announcement," says a spokeswoman, "but we're still going to be honoring it since it'll take some time for our friends and neighbors to get back on their feet."

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As with all of the deals for federal employees, participants must show an ID.

The free coffee and taco is good inside Whataburgers only; no drive-thru or mobile orders allowed.

[Update on Jan. 28, 2019: A Whataburger spokeswoman confirms that all Whataburgers in Dallas-Fort Worth are participating except for those in the airports.]

The first restaurant in Dallas-Fort Worth that made big news by offering a freebie to federal employees during the shutdown was Twisted Trompo, a taco joint in downtown Dallas. Since then, companies like Romano's Macaroni Grill, Noble Rey Brewing Company, Hopdoddy Burger Bar, Alamo Drafthouse and more hopped in to offer free or cheap stuff. Most of those deals ended when the shutdown was shut down.

Whataburger operates nearly 700 restaurants in Texas, plus dozens more in Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Louisiana, Oklahoma and more. Find a Texas-based Whataburger here.

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