Which restaurants are open on Thanksgiving Day 2017?

Published: Monday, November 20, 2017 @ 2:26 PM

Restaurants Open Thanksgiving Day 2017

If the thought of spending hours in the kitchen on Thursday just doesn’t sound like a good use of your time, what with family all around and the prospect of Black Friday shopping beginning at 7 a.m. that day, there are a variety of restaurants that just may have the answer for you.

Several chain restaurants and many local ones are open on Thanksgiving, with options ranging from dining in to carrying out to catering the whole affair. 

Important note: Not all restaurants listed below will be open on Thanksgiving or offer special deals. Some franchise restaurants of certain chains may be closed. It is important to call the restaurant closest to you to confirm the hours and deals.

These restaurants are set to be open on Thanksgiving.

  • Acapulco Restaurant and Cantina will have a special Thanksgiving buffet with a roasted turkey and ham-carving station and a taco al pastor and seafood station.
  • Applebee’s restaurants will be offering a special Thanksgiving meal featuring turkey breast, mashed potatoes and green beans. 
  • Bob Evans will have the Farmhouse Feast carryout menu that offers a turkey or ham feast (with all the trimmings) that feed up to four ($49.99) or eight people ($79.99). You can get both turkey and ham for $109.99. 
  • Boston Market will offer a traditional plated Thanksgiving meal. Choose between turkey or rotisserie chicken, with side dishes of mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet potato casserole, green beans, and vegetable stuffing.  
  • Buca di Beppo will open at 11 a.m., and you can dine in, get catered meals or get a to-go dinner. 
  • Charlie Brown’s Fresh Grill will be serving an all-you-can-eat turkey dinner (three-courses) for $21.99. Children 12 and under eat for $9.99. 
  • Chevys Fresh Mex is offering a three-course Thanksgiving meal. They are open 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Chompie’s is open until 3 p.m., and is offering a Thanksgiving dinner for $19.99 per person, with options to dine in or get your meal to-go.
  • Claim Jumper Restaurants will be serving a Thanksgiving dinner from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at most locations. 
  • Country Cookin will be offering a “Thanksgiving Day Feast” with turkey or ham and all-you-can-eat holiday salads and sides for $10.99 (kids 10 and under $4.49).  
  • Cracker Barrel will be open from 6 a.m. until 10 p.m., and will feature a Thanksgiving dinner for $12.99 for dining in ($7.99 for children), a $67.99 to-go meal and a fully catered dinner for $99.  
  • Denny’s has a breakfast and dinner available on Thanksgiving.
  • El Torito will offer an all-day buffet (11 a.m.-7 p.m.) with traditional Mexican dishes, along with a turkey and ham-carving station, traditional Thanksgiving dishes, and a pasta bar.
  • FATZ is open on Thanksgiving from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. 
  • Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse opens at 11 a.m. and will be serving a three-course Thanksgiving meal for $39.95 per adult. Children under 12 will have a Thanksgiving menu available for $15.00.
  • Furr’s Fresh Buffet will serve a Thanksgiving dinner with carved turkey breast, carved ham, butterfly shrimp, pan-grilled pork chops and several other entrees, plus sides and desserts.
  • Golden Corral will have a Thanksgiving buffet in addition to their usual offerings.
  • HomeTown Buffet will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. serving among other entrees and side dishes, carved turkey, steak, carved ham, butterfly shrimp and roast beef.
  • Hooters will be open on Thanksgiving serving wings and beer, along with the rest of their regular menu.
  • Humperdinks will begin serving a Thanksgiving feast at 10 a.m. featuring turkey and gravy, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet yams, green beans and pecan or pumpkin pie. Price is $21.99 for adults and $11.99 for kids under 12. Kids under 5 eat free. 
  • IHOP restaurants will offer pumpkin spice pancakes for breakfast, with a full menu all day.
  • K&W Cafeterias will be offering a Thanksgiving special for $7.99 that includes roast turkey with dressing, cranberry sauce, two vegetables, fresh baked bread, dessert and refillable beverage.
  • Legal Sea Foods will serve turkey breast with sausage stuffing, mashed potatoes, butternut squash, gravy and cranberry sauce for $24.95 per adult and $8.95 for children 12 and under. Hours may vary by location. Reservations are recommended. 
  • Luby’s will be open for dine-in or to-go meals, serving a Thanksgiving Day Special for $11.49.
  • Maggiano’s Little Italy will serve a four-course, family-style Thanksgiving meal.
  • Many of Landry’s Restaurants – Big Fish, Charley’s Crab, Chart House, Gandy Dancer, Grand Concourse, Landry’s Seafood (all locations except Huntsville, Alabama, and El Paso, Texas), Meriwether’s, Mitchell’s Fish Market, The Oceanaire Seafood Room, and River Crab Blue Water Inn – will offer either a special turkey dinner menu or a holiday buffet. Laundry’s also owns Saltgrass Steak House and Morton’s The Steakhouse, and both will be open on Thanksgiving serving steak.
  • Marie Callender’s has a Thanksgiving dinner for $21.99 for guests dining in. Kids eat for $8.99, choosing between a turkey or ham dinner. They also have carry-out options ranging from $99.99 to $149.99. Pickup starts after 11 a.m. on Thanksgiving.
  • McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood & Steaks is serving a roasted turkey dinner at participating locations. Reservations are recommended. The dinner menu is also available all day.
  • Mimi’s Cafe offers a three-course turkey supper on Thanksgiving. It’s $18.99 for adults and $8.99 for children. 
  • Old Country Buffet will again offer its family-style meal.
  • Ponderosa will have a Thanksgiving buffet with turkey with all the trimmings, along with ham, fried chicken, chicken wings, pork, and a salad bar. The restaurant closes at 4 p.m.
  • Romano’s Macaroni Grill will be offering a three-course Thanksgiving dinner for $24.99. 
  • Roy’s is offering a three-course Thanksgiving dinner for $39.95 for adults and $16.95 for items from a kid’s menu.
  • Ruby Tuesday locations, for the most part, will be open on Thanksgiving. 
  • Ruth’s Chris Steak House will be serving a three-course turkey dinner for $39.95 (kids eat for $12.95).  
  • Ryan’s will have a Southern-style Thanksgiving menu with sliced turkey, sliced ham, fried chicken, steak, chicken pot pie, butterfly shrimp, and more. The restaurant is open from 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Seasons 52 is taking reservations for Thanksgiving dinner. For adults it’s $26.90; for children it’s $12.90.
  • Shari’s has a special slow-roasted turkey or ham dinner for $14.99. The special is good at all 94 Shari’s locations throughout Oregon, Washington, California, Idaho, Nebraska and Wyoming.  
  • Sizzler locations will be open and will serve a turkey dinner with sides.
  • Ted's Montana Grill will have a Thanksgiving menu, featuring roast turkey and the trimmings.
  • TGI Friday’s restaurants are open Thanksgiving.
  • The Dixie Cafe is serving a turkey and dressing feast for $10.99 from  11 a.m. to  5 p.m. 
  • Waffle House restaurants will be open on Thanksgiving.

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Florida police officer shot in deadly standoff is breathing on his own, sources say

Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 4:54 AM

Kevin Valencia, an Orlando police officer who was shot in the head during a deadly standoff at an apartment complex, is now breathing on his own, sources say.
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Kevin Valencia, an Orlando police officer who was shot in the head during a deadly standoff at an apartment complex, is now breathing on his own, sources say.(Orlando Police Department)

An Orlando, Florida, police officer who was shot in the head earlier this month during a deadly standoff at an apartment complex is now breathing on his own, sources told WFTV.

>> On WFTV.com: Judge approved deal that kept man in deadly Orlando standoff out of prison, records show

Police said Gary Lindsey Jr. shot Officer Kevin Valencia, who has been hospitalized since the June 10 shooting. During a 20-hour standoff, Lindsey shot and killed four children – two of whom were his own – before killing himself, police said.

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A Mass will be celebrated at Orlando's St. James Cathedral on Saturday for the children, who ranged in age from 1 to 12. The Mass is open to the public.

Click here to donate to Valencia’s family.

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>> On WFTV.com: Long criminal past, rocky relationship led up to shooting of officer, four kids' deaths

4 Children, Suspect in Police Shooting Dead After Standoff

'A very tragic, sad ending': No survivors after family standoff

Published: Tuesday, June 12, 2018 @ 5:08 PM

4 Children, Suspect in Police Shooting Dead After Standoff

The four children taken hostage by a man accused of shooting an Orlando police officer have died after a standoff that lasted for about 20 hours, police said.

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Orlando police Chief John Mina announced early Tuesday morning that suspect Gary Lindsey shot and killed the children -- two of whom were his own -- and then killed himself.

On Tuesday, the attorney representing the family posted a GoFundMe page and released photos and the names of the young victims.

Click here to donate to the family's funeral expenses

"We had been working very hard during this long day to bring this situation to a peaceful resolution. Unfortunately it has a very tragic and sad ending,” Mina said. “Our hearts go out to the family of those four children."

Mina said negotiators lost communication with Lindsey around 8:30 p.m. Monday because of a poor connection. When SWAT team members moved in to bring him a phone, they could see that one of the children was dead. Lindsey's body was found in a closet.

The children ranged in age from 1 to 11 years old. Orlando police have not released the names of the children. Neighbors told Eyewitness News Monday that two of the children belonged to the suspect, and the other two were a girlfriend’s.

The standoff started late Sunday night when police said Lindsey beat an ex-girlfriend, who called police to report a domestic dispute at the Westbrook apartment complex on Eaglesmere Drive, just north of Universal Studios.

WFTV’s helicopter was over the scene of the standoff late Monday. The windows of the apartment appeared to be broken and there were no lights coming from the apartment. 

Lindsey opened fire when officers arrived, shooting Officer Kevin Valencia, police said. Sources said that Valencia was shot in the eye. Fellow officers rushed Valencia to Orlando Regional Medical Center where he underwent surgery early Monday morning. Mina said Valencia suffered “very significant injuries,” but is expected to survive.

“Everyone is sending prayers for Kevin and his family,” Mina said.

Police evacuated residents from the Westbrook apartment complex shortly after the standoff started. Many of them spent Monday morning at a McDonald’s, before police relocated them to a nearby Holiday Inn. Police started to allow residents back into their homes Tuesday morning. 

Court records show Lindsey had an extensive criminal history. Paperwork shows three arrests since 2004. In 2009, Lindsey pleaded no contest to charges of arson and fleeing or attempting to elude a law enforcement officer after investigators said he set an Orange County home on fire after an argument with his girlfriend.

Records show he received 35 years of community supervision, and while under supervision, he has been picked up for a series of probation violations, culminating in 2012 with an aggravated battery and aggravated assault charge in Orange County, stemming from a fight with another girlfriend.

Lindsey was released when the state couldn't file charges after 30 days.

Court records show Lindsey had an extensive criminal history. Paperwork shows three arrests since 2004. In 2009, Lindsey pleaded no contest to charges of arson and fleeing or attempting to elude a law enforcement officer after investigators said he sent an Orange County home after an argument with his girlfriend.

Records show he received 35 years of community supervision, and while under supervision, he has been picked up for a series of probation violations, culminating in 2012 with an aggravated battery and aggravated assault charge in Orange County, stemming from a fight with another girlfriend.

Lindsey was released when the state couldn't file charges after 30 days.

Man arrested after trying to pay waitress with her own stolen credit card, police say

Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 2:26 AM

Shamon West was arrested after Shannon's Restaurant waitress Flora Lunsford went to swipe the credit card and noticed her own name on it, police in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, said.
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Shamon West was arrested after Shannon's Restaurant waitress Flora Lunsford went to swipe the credit card and noticed her own name on it, police in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, said.(AhmadArdity / Pixabay.com)

A suspected thief is behind bars after police say he handed an Arkansas waitress her own stolen card while paying his bill at a Pine Bluff restaurant.

According to The Associated Press, Shamon West, 21, was arrested Tuesday after Shannon's Restaurant waitress Flora Lunsford went to swipe the credit card and noticed her own name on it. She called police, who searched West and found Lunsford's Social Security card and driver's license, as well, the AP reported.

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The arrest came two days after someone took Lunsford's purse from her car, which was parked outside a gas station two blocks from the restaurant, KATV reported.

West now faces charges of theft by receiving and forgery.

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WATCH: Thieves steal kiddie pool from family's backyard on Father's Day

Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 3:56 AM

File photo of a swimming pool.
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File photo of a swimming pool.(PublicDomainPictures / Pixabay.com)

A pair of thieves made off with a Nebraska family's inflatable kiddie pool on Father's Day – and the bizarre backyard incident was caught on camera.

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SUMMER STOLEN! My exclusive story tonight at 10 on KETV NewsWatch 7 is going to make your blood boil! It's the case of the kiddie pool caper! And it's all caught on camera. Police need your help tracking down these women. This one leaves you scratching your head. @Omaha Police Department Omaha Crime Stoppers

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According to KETV, Brandon Turner of Omaha said he and his two children were at the zoo Sunday afternoon when he received an alert from his home security camera. He then watched live from his phone as two women drained and dragged the kids' inflatable pool from the Turners' backyard.

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Turner's youngest, 5-year-old Alex, had a message for the thieves.

"Give my swimming pool back!" he exclaimed, watching the footage in dismay.

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Turner was shocked and disappointed to see people stealing from children.

"Really? Really?" he told KETV. "That's all I could think of – really?"

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