Despite the fact that many Americans are ignoring health officials’ advice and plan to gather for a holiday meal, many more will stay home on Thanksgiving and safely “visit” friends and family by phone and Zoom.
But everyone has to eat, and if there is no enthusiasm to cook for one or two people, there are plenty of restaurants -- from fast-food to full service -- open on Thanksgiving day. Most offer takeout or delivery.
The list below, compiled by USA Today, includes national restaurant chains that have said they will be open at some locations, though hours may vary from those posted online. Some local, independent restaurants may also be open.
Bertucci's (stand-alone locations)
Black Bear Diner
Bravo! Italian Kitchen
Buca di Beppo
Einstein Bros. Bagels
Famous Dave's (only corporate locations)
Fogo de Chão
Jack in the Box
Maggiano's Little Italy
Morton's The Steakhouse
Ruth's Chris Steak House
Smokey Bones BBQ
Steak 'n Shake
Many people who plan to cook at home on Thanksgiving apparently are serving a smaller gathering this year. NPR reports that turkey farmers have fielded many requests for “the smallest turkey you have” over the last week.