Many Americans are expected to skip family feasts this Thanksgiving, opting to eat the big holiday meal apart or alone as the coronavirus pandemic spreads.
But for those wanting to pick up a meal from a restaurant, take note: Many national chain restaurants will be closed on the holiday.
According to data from Womply, a small business software provider, Thanksgiving has historically been the second-slowest day of the year for local restaurants.
“Local restaurants have been hit especially hard by the pandemic,” Brad Plothow, Womply vice president of corporate marketing and communications, told USA TODAY. Womply found 1 in 4 restaurants are still closed because of COVID-19.
Grocery stores also have limited hours with several closed Thursday, including Walmart and Target.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises Americans to keep Thursday’s dinner small — ideally with only people living in their household — and to avoid traveling for the holiday.
Several companies including Uber Eats, Postmates and DoorDash also will be delivering Thanksgiving from participating businesses open Thanksgiving.
Restaurants open Thanksgiving
The following restaurant chains have select locations open in some capacity. Some dining rooms may be closed, and many may be offering a special menu or takeout and delivery. Check with your closest location before heading out as not all locations are open.
Bertucci’s (mall locations are closed)
Black Bear Diner
Bravo! Italian Kitchen
Buca di Beppo
Einstein Bros. Bagels
Fogo de Chão
Jack in the Box
Maggiano’s Little Italy
Morton’s The Steakhouse
Ruth’s Chris Steak House
Smokey Bones BBQ
Steak ‘n Shake
Restaurants closed Thanksgiving
While the majority of the following restaurants are closed, it is still possible some franchise locations will be open.
Carrabba’s Italian Grill
Mooyah Burgers, Fries & Shakes
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