It’s some custom for households to flee the trouble of constructing a Thanksgiving meal at residence by consuming out at a restaurant. This yr, that custom continues for households eating out.
Eating places that had been open on Thanksgiving stayed busy serving households Thanksgiving meals.
It was a yr in the past at the moment that Governor Tom Wolf shut bars and eating places down. Now, this yr seems to be completely different, persevering with the custom for households to eat out at a restaurant for dinner.
“It was the primary time ever in 27 years I stroll via the restaurant and there have been solely 4 individuals right here. It was very unhappy.” stated Kevin Camp, Proprietor of Colony Pub & Grille.
Camp remembers what Thanksgiving was like final yr. Locations had been shut down and solely providing to go orders on account of COVID-19 restrictions. Nevertheless, this yr seems to be utterly completely different. Households can sit down and eat a meal with none COVID-19 restrictions.
“I imagine we had been solely 50% occupancy final yr, in order that did type damage a bit. It’s good to sort of get again to regular.” stated Jay Lesniak, Affiliate Supervisor at Cracker Barrel.
Camp says the restaurant was busy all day.
“It’s really superior, it’s actually good. We simply bought to get that behind us and transfer ahead and hope for higher issues,” Camp stated.
One of many most important issues individuals say this yr is with the ability to spend time with household and pals for Thanksgiving.
“We’re very excited to be out. We had been purported to be out final yr. My good friend had COVID final yr so we had been unable to come back, so we’re celebrating her life at the moment.” stated Denise Mielnik, Cambridge Springs resident.
“Since we aren’t residence, we determined to take a seat down and have a turkey dinner right here,” stated April Darnell, an Erie customer.
The managers on the eating places say they’re grateful to have a busy day and to offer dinners to households on Thanksgiving.
Individuals additionally had plans for after their turkey dinners. They plan to return residence and watch the Buffalo Payments recreation and calm down with household.
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