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What restaurants are open Thanksgiving? Starbucks, McDonald’s, Denny’s are open but Chick-fil-A is closed

McDonald's Restaurant (David Schott/Flickr)
November 26, 2020

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

Bob Evans

Boston Market

Bravo! Italian Kitchen

Buca di Beppo

Burger King

Capital Grille

Cracker Barrel

Del Taco




Einstein Bros. Bagels

Famous Dave’s

Fogo de Chão

Golden Corral


Jack in the Box

Maggiano’s Little Italy


Metro Diner

Morton’s The Steakhouse

Peet’s Coffee

Pollo Campero


PT’s Taverns

Ruth’s Chris Steak House

Papa John’s


Smokey Bones BBQ

Sonic Drive-In


Steak ‘n Shake

Uber Eats

Waffle House


Restaurants closed Thanksgiving

While the majority of the following restaurants are closed, it is still possible some franchise locations will be open.

Bonefish Grill

Captain D’s

Carrabba’s Italian Grill



First Watch

Krispy Kreme

Little Caesars

Mooyah Burgers, Fries & Shakes

Newk’s Eatery

P.F. Chang’s

Tijuana Flats


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