What restaurants are open Thanksgiving? Cracker Barrel, Denny's, Starbucks, Dunkin' and more
If you're not in the mood to cook this Thanksgiving or need a pick-me-up between shopping stops Thursday, you may find slim pickings.
According to data from Womply, a small business software provider, Thanksgiving is the second-slowest day of the year for local restaurants because only 34% are open.
“Options will be limited for eating out on Thanksgiving, as one in three local restaurants will be closed," said Brad Plothow, Womply's vice president of marketing and communications. "If you’re not picky, you shouldn’t have trouble finding a table if you and your family venture out for a meal, since foot traffic is expected to be lower than average.”
Many major restaurant chains will be closed, including Chipotle, Olive Garden and Chick-fil-A, but participating Starbucks, McDonald's and Dunkin' locations will be open, along with IHOP, Denny's and Waffle House.
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Restaurants open Thanksgiving
Check with your closest location before heading out. Some restaurant websites do not have updated holiday hours so calling is suggested.
Applebee's: Not all locations will be open as the decision is made by franchisees.
Bahama Breeze: Select locations open and serving Thanksgiving meal with an island twist Thursday.
Baker’s Square: 7 to 6 p.m. Thursday
Black Angus Steakhouse: Special menu; reservations recommended.
Bob Evans: Special menu and open until 8 p.m.
Boston Market: Some locations are open Thursday only for catering orders.
Buca di Beppo: Most open regular hours; reservations being accepted.
Burger King: Some locations will be open.
The Capital Grille: Special menu.
Carrabba’s Italian Grill: 9 a.m. to noon for Take & Bake pick-ups only; no in-restaurant dining service.
Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant: Special menu.
Del Taco: Hundreds of locations will be open.
Denny's: Open 24 hours.
Dunkin': Hours vary; check with your closest location.
Famous Dave's: Varies.
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Fogo de Chão: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Golden Corral: Some locations will be open Thursday, with a holiday feast starting at 4 p.m.
Hooters: Some locations will be open.
Krispy Kreme: Hours vary; check with your closest location.
Luby's: Special menu.
Maggiano's Little Italy: Family-style catering, carryout and dine-in menus for Thanksgiving.
McDonald's: Hours vary; check with your closest location.
Peet’s Coffee: Select locations will be open.
Perkins Restaurant & Bakery: Hours vary; check with your closest location.
Ponderosa & Bonanza Steakhouses: Hours vary.
Popeyes: Check with your location.
Romano's Macaroni Grill: Special hours, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Ruby Tuesday: Some locations are closed while others are open special hours.
Ruth’s Chris Steak House: Special menu; reservations being accepted.
Seasons 52: Special menu; reservations recommended.
Shoney's: Locations will have a special "Thanksgiving Day Feast."
Smokey Bones: 4 to 9 p.m.
Starbucks: Hours vary; check with your closest location.
Subway: Varies; some locations closed.
TGI Fridays: Varies.
Tony Roma’s: Special menu.
Village Inn: Hours vary by location.
Waffle House: All locations open 24 hours.
Wendy's: Check with your location.
More restaurants: Some locally owned and regional chain restaurants also will be open Thanksgiving, and restaurants in hotels often are open on holidays. Find additional restaurants by searching social media and looking on OpenTable, an online reservation service.
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This roundup will be updated. Restaurants with more than 30 locations, can share their hours and details here to be added.
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