Area Restaurants Gear Up for Busy Thanksgiving Day
By Martha Rose Woodward
As the country’s second favorite holiday approaches, not only are families making plans, area restaurants are gearing up for what has become a huge day. With as many as 50 million Americans planning to travel for the holiday, eating out is gaining in popularity.
Of the 165 restaurants in this area, some that WILL BE OPEN on Thanksgiving Day are: All area Waffle Houses, TGI Friday's, Applebee's, No Way Jose's Cantina; Reagan's House of Pancakes, Bennett's Pit Bar-B-Q, Paula Deen's Family Kitchen, Golden Corral, Margaritaville, Old Mill, Mama's Farm House, J.T. Hannah's Kitchen, Iron Boar Saloon, Hard Rock Cafe, Geno's Pizza, Alamo Steakhouse, Holston's Kitchen, Steak 'N Shake, Smokey Mountain Brewery, Calhoun's, Big Daddy's Pizza, , all area Shoney's, all area Cracker Barrels, Applewood Farmhouse and Gondolier Italian.
(If your restaurant was left off this list, please contact me at Sunspherebook@ aol.com and I will post your information in a future edition.)
Shoney’s Chairman and CEO David Davoudpour invited everyone to his restaurant again this year for Thanksgiving. “It’s one of our team members’ favorite days as they get to serve delicious food with warm, southern-style hospitality to our valued guests. And yes, we’ll do the dishes too,” he said.
A manager for Margaritaville said they will serve their regular menu. Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen will only be open between 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m., Applewood Farmhouse says to expect a waiting time of between one and one half hours. Customers may sign in and take a number and return when seats are open.
District Manager for Waffle House, Tyler Hough, said, “We are open 24/7; 365 days a year. Hope you will join us.”
According to the National Restaurant Association, approximately 15 to 20 million people will choose to eat out rather than stay home and cook. Between 45 to 50 million turkeys will be eaten by 88% of Americans.