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Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving
Having Thanksgiving Dinner at a Restaurant
Eating out for Thanksgiving is sometimes a necessary alternative to having a home-cooked meal. Sometimes it is preferable. Cooking a big dinner and having to clean up is very time-consuming. Sometimes people have to work on Thanksgiving and have to have a simple meal before going off to work. Sometimes people won't be able to spend time with their family and would still like to be around people for the holidays. If you are going to have to eat somewhere other than home for Thanksgiving then here are some restaurants that will be open on Thanksgiving.
Always remember to tip very well on holidays. These people are spending time away from their family to give you a convenient meal. And please be patient. I used to work at Denny's and working on holidays is required. It was always crowded for every holiday (it's enough to make you wonder if people actually have home-cooked meals or if it's all just a myth) and it takes a long time for the kitchen to catch up. If you are going to eat out for Thanksgiving be prepared to wait.
This is not a comprehensive list and I only include national chains. Some local restaurants may remain open for Thanksgiving. This list has not yet been updated for 2014, but most of these restaurants are open on holidays every year.
Every Waffle House is open all day every day of the year.
Shoney's will have a Thanksgiving buffet after 11am. Before 11am they will be having a breakfast buffet. Shoney's is offering a free slice of pumpkin pie with the buffet. Children under four eat from the buffet for free.
Some TGI Friday's will be open for Thanksgiving this year. They will have reduced hours. Not every TGI Friday's stays open on Thanksgiving, though. The ones that do, open later than usual.
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