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Many Cape Girardeau-area restaurants open on Thanksgiving

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

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For those looking for a little more variety in their Thanksgiving dinner, several area restaurants will be open Thursday.

Jason Hillman, general manager of Beef 'O' Brady's in Cape Girardeau, said this is the first year his restaurant will be open for the holiday and that he expects decent crowds.

Hillman said not only do many people not have a place to go for the holidays but that his restaurant has several large-screen televisions showing all of the day's sports action.

"We thought with all the football games going on, a lot of people would want to come out," he said.

Hillman said the eatery will see its heaviest crowds in the late afternoon and early evening, after many people have visited with family.

"It's kind of a wind-down after family time," he said.

Even though Hillman thinks sports will draw customers to the restaurant, a special Thanksgiving menu will be offered as further enticement.

"We'll have Thanksgiving turkey, ham, all the trimmings. We don't usually have this on the menu," he said.

The National Restaurant Association predicts 1 in 10 Americans will eat their Thanksgiving dinner at a restaurant. The association also said many consumers will use takeout items for all or part of their holiday meal.

Mike Stevens, Cracker Barrel general manager, said his restaurant typically sees an increase in to-go orders on Thanksgiving.

The restaurant has been open for the holiday for several years, and aside from the increase in carry-out orders, business is pretty consistent with other days. Stevens said diners range from couples to groups of 12 to 15 people.

Denny's, which will be open Thanksgiving and Christmas, traditionally sees a steady crowd all day.

"It is a pretty even flow. Usually we see a lot of older folks, travelers, smaller families," said Denny's service coordinator Debra Suiter.

Because the restaurant is open 24 hours a day, Suitor said, staff members also serve many late Thanksgiving and early Black Friday diners.

"A lot of folks stop by before hitting the sales," she said.

Other restaurants in the area that will be open Thanksgiving include Great Wall, Little Caesar's, McDonald's, Delmonico's, Ryan's Family Steakhouse, Ruby Tuesday and White Castle. Specific information, including hours of operation, is available by calling individual restaurants or at www.semomarketplace.com.

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I really wish a Holiday Blue Law is passed in this county. Where is the QOL committee for issues like this? How hard is it for small families to buy a cornish hen and open a box of stuffing from a grocery store a day before Thanksgiving so that the restaurant workers can enjoy a day off with their families?

-- Posted by Beaker on Tue, Nov 23, 2010, at 8:40 AM

Beaker,

I am glad you enjoy thanksgiving with your family. But what gives you the right to require everybody to do the same?

Some people are alone and don't want to fix all that food. Some people have to travel and don't want to see so much waste. More people eat out of the home than you would expect.

-- Posted by lumbrgfktr on Tue, Nov 23, 2010, at 9:01 AM

I really appreciate restaurants being open on Thanksgiving, particularly when they have shortened hours so their employees can enjoy the holiday. I will never forget one year when I stayed home with my sister. The rest of our family went to relatives but my sister had to work. The two of us had Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings at a local restaurant in Sioux Falls, SD. A good memory, a meal much appreciated.

-- Posted by silverwalk on Tue, Nov 23, 2010, at 9:03 AM

Beaker. Some people are alone on the holidays because of divorces or deaths of spouses ect. My family does Thanksgiving on the following Saturday so everyone can be home.

-- Posted by martlet1 on Tue, Nov 23, 2010, at 9:08 AM

Texas Roadhouse WILL NOT be open. I was looking forward to a great steak dinner that day.

Beaker, what time are you serving dinner? Some of us don't want to make a dinner for two people. And some of us don't really celebrate with that much food. So, stuff yourself and be quiet.

-- Posted by Hot Dog on Tue, Nov 23, 2010, at 10:09 AM

I remember working one Thanksgiving Day and was glad some restaurants offered this option. I also spent a Christmas Day alone from my wife and daughter and was grateful Huddle House was open.

-- Posted by SouthernHusker on Tue, Nov 23, 2010, at 10:10 AM

Beaker, I understand where you are coming from. We've seen comments for the people that are alone on Thanksgiving and they are glad people work on the holiday to cater to them. Now I'd like to hear the opinions from the people who have to work on Thanksgiving that might want to spend time with their family, but instead are forced to work.

-- Posted by TheArmySarge on Tue, Nov 23, 2010, at 10:11 AM

I am thankful that the restaurant company that I work for is NOT open on Thanksgiving or Christmas. It allows my employees and myself time with our families. I understand the convenience for some that are not with family on the holidays to go out to eat, but this comes at the expense of the restaurant employee. Is it too much to ask that everyone must fend for themselves for 1 or 2 days a year?

-- Posted by t24_man on Tue, Nov 23, 2010, at 10:52 AM

I worked at a gas station for years and we were always busy with people traveling on major holidays. So what's the big deal for the restaurants to be open? Been going on for years, nothing new. Typically we would each work a 4 hour shift, so no one missed the entire holiday. It's not the end of the world!!!

-- Posted by all_i_hear_is_blah_blah on Tue, Nov 23, 2010, at 12:36 PM

Schnucks has ALWAYS been open on Thanksgiving. No one seems to gripe about Schnusk employees missing out on enjoying a holiday with family

-- Posted by travellin man on Tue, Nov 23, 2010, at 12:53 PM

travelin man ... Do you really think that the Schnucks employees are going to gripe to a customer? (not if they want to keep their job) Of course no one (excpet maybe the employees) are griping about it. It is convenient for everyone else.

... all i hear is blah ... You are right that gas stations are unfortunately a necessity on busy traveling holidays and 4 hours shift arent too bad although it still sucks to work at all. In the restuarant world however it takes about 40 employees to open for a particular day so 4 hour shifts would be wishful thinking but it is very hard to get volunteers for holidays so the ones that do work, their shifts are closer to 12 hours (the whole day) versus a 4 hour shift (which again still stinks on a holiday)

-- Posted by t24_man on Tue, Nov 23, 2010, at 2:03 PM

t24_man

if the restaraunt is such a terrible place to work, why work there?

Isn't a the responsibility of the business to make money to pay the workers. Isn't it the responsibiliby of the business to accomodate its customers?

If an employee has to choose between job and a Holliday day off, then they should quit. If it is that important to a person, they need to find a job that accomodates that. Not go to a place that and try to make everyone accomodate them.

-- Posted by lumbrgfktr on Tue, Nov 23, 2010, at 2:28 PM

Many years ago my family and I were traveling from Salem Mo (our hometown) back to Glasgow where we live now and did then. We arrived in the Cape at suppertime and decided to get something to eat. We soon realized that it seemed that everything was closed. I saw a Policeman and ask him if anything was open. He advised that the one and only eating place open was the Kentucky Fried Chicken. We had chicken for supper. That would have been in the late 1970s.

-- Posted by mo_ky_fellow on Tue, Nov 23, 2010, at 3:55 PM

I used to work at places that were open on Thanksgiving and Christmas. I usually volunteered to work those days just because they paid time and a half on Thanksgiving and double time on Christmas. I still had plenty of time to celebrate the holidays with family.

I guess it's nice that so many people are worried about the workers at these businesses, but maybe they want to work. Maybe they don't really celebrate Thanksgiving or Christmas. Maybe it's a way for them to get out of the house for a few hours during an otherwise hectic time. Just because you don't want to work on a holiday, doesn't mean nobody does.

-- Posted by Polisher on Tue, Nov 23, 2010, at 3:57 PM

The decision whether to be open or not on any particular day should be left to the establishment owner and nobody else....CERTAINLY not the government.

-- Posted by dixietrucker on Tue, Nov 23, 2010, at 7:59 PM

lumbrgfktr.....

I happen to manage a restaurant that is NOT open on T-giving and Christmas...and I really appreciate the family time during the holidays. t24_man NEVER said anything about not liking his job or complained about working on the holidays. Quit being a DRAMA QUEEN!!!!! Most retail employees work a tremendous amount of time during the holidays and its nice to have ONE day off to spend with your family. It's people like you with your **** poor attitude and 'holier than thou' mentality that make working holidays such a bummer for some people. Some people that have to work have no choice, and we don't get paid extra either. So next time you are lonely and have to eat at a restaurant on a holiday, remember that and try to give us some respect and common courtesy.

Happy Thanksgiving to all and drive safely!!!!!!

-- Posted by cubbytodd on Wed, Nov 24, 2010, at 7:06 AM

McDonalds and Burger King are considered restaurants?

What a joke!

-- Posted by Richard Starkey on Thu, Nov 25, 2010, at 11:02 AM

lumbrgfktr.....

I happen to manage a restaurant that is NOT open on T-giving and Christmas...and I really appreciate the family time during the holidays. t24_man NEVER said anything about not liking his job or complained about working on the holidays. Quit being a DRAMA QUEEN!!!!! Most retail employees work a tremendous amount of time during the holidays and its nice to have ONE day off to spend with your family. It's people like you with your **** poor attitude and 'holier than thou' mentality that make working holidays such a bummer for some people. Some people that have to work have no choice, and we don't get paid extra either. So next time you are lonely and have to eat at a restaurant on a holiday, remember that and try to give us some respect and common courtesy.

Happy Thanksgiving to all and drive safely!!!!!!

-- Posted by cubbytodd on Wed, Nov 24, 2010, at 7:06 AM

First off, get off your high hourse. And its hypocritical for somebody as whiney as you to call anybody a Drama Queen. So get your facts right.

1) All I am saying is that it should be up to the owner to make the decision. As management, I am assuming you have some input in this decision. What is a 'holier than thou' are people like you who want to make it a Law for everybody else to follow. Peole like you who want to push your beleives on others is a 'holier than thou' attitude, where people like me beleive it should be about choice.

2)Were do you get off saying I have no disrespect for people who have to work holidays? So you can't prove your point and you have to result to straw man arguments? If you are working at a place that makes you work holidays without extra money, then quit and go work at one that does. I beleive working holidays deserves extra pay and I beleive most places do. And if finding such jobs are too difficult, than be thankful you have a job

3)Let me explain economics to you. You work because your company makes money and pays you. The holidays are the busiest quarter of the year. Many retail places, especially small retail owners, float all year and make thier profits this quarter. So if they want/need to be open to get an extra big retail day in there...More power to them. If somebody has to work it, so be it. Maybe their family should be more forgiving. When I managed a retail store I missed many family gatherings. Its called responsibility. I understood it and was not upset. My family understood. What I think would be wrong would be to require that store to be closed.

-- Posted by lumbrgfktr on Tue, Nov 30, 2010, at 11:16 AM


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