Thanksgiving 2020 restaurants open: Cracker Barrel, IHOP, Waffle House

What restaurants are open Thanksgiving? Starbucks, McDonald's are open but Pizza Hut, Chick-fil-A closed

Kelly Tyko
USA TODAY

Many Americans are expected to skip family feasts this Thanksgiving, opting to eat the big holiday meal apart or alone as the coronavirus pandemic spreads.

But for those wanting to pick up a meal from a restaurant, take note: Many national chain restaurants will be closed on the holiday.

According to data from Womply, a small business software provider, Thanksgiving has historically been the second-slowest day of the year for local restaurants.

“Local restaurants have been hit especially hard by the pandemic," Brad Plothow, Womply vice president of corporate marketing and communications, told USA TODAY. Womply found 1 in 4 restaurants are still closed because of COVID-19.

Grocery stores also have limited hours with several closed Thursday, including Walmart and Target. (See the roundup of which stores are open Thursday and who is closed here.)

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises Americans to keep Thursday's dinner small – ideally with only people living in their household – and to avoid traveling for the holiday.

Several companies including Uber Eats, Postmates and DoorDash also will be delivering Thanksgiving from participating businesses open Thanksgiving. 

Restaurants open Thanksgiving 2020

The following restaurant chains have select locations open in some capacity. Some dining rooms may be closed, and many may be offering a special menu or takeout and delivery. Check with your closest location before heading out as not all locations are open. Some restaurant websites do not have updated holiday hours so calling ahead is suggested.

Applebee's

Bertucci's (mall locations are closed)

Black Bear Diner

Bob Evans

Boston Market

Bravo! Italian Kitchen 

Buca di Beppo 

Buffalo Wild Wings

Burger King

Capital Grille

Country Pride

Cousins Subs

Cracker Barrel

Del Taco

Denny's

DoorDash

Dunkin'

Einstein Bros. Bagels

Famous Dave's (only corporate locations)

Fogo de Chão

Golden Corral

goPuff

IHOP

Iron Skillet

Jack in the Box

Macaroni Grill

Maggiano's Little Italy

McDonald's

Metro Diner

Morton's The Steakhouse

Peet's Coffee

Pollo Campero 

Postmates

PT's Taverns

Ruth's Chris Steak House

Papa John's

Popeyes

Ruby Tuesday

Shoney's

Smokey Bones BBQ 

Sonic Drive-In

Starbucks

Steak 'n Shake

TGI Fridays

Uber Eats

Waffle House

Wendy's

Restaurants closed Thanksgiving 2020

While the majority of the following restaurants are closed, it is still possible some franchise locations will be open.

Bonefish Grill

Captain D's

Carrabba's Italian Grill

Chick-fil-A

Chili's

Chipotle Mexican Grill

First Watch

Krispy Kreme

Little Caesars

Mooyah Burgers, Fries & Shakes

Newk's Eatery

Olive Garden

Outback Steakhouse

P.F. Chang's (Four of the chain's 200-plus locations are open)

Pizza Hut

Red Lobster

Taco Bell

Tijuana Flats

This roundup will be updated with additional restaurants open on Thanksgiving and who is closed. Check back. And restaurants with 50 or more locations, submit Thanksgiving hours or say whether your restaurants are closed via this form.

Contributing: Alan Gomez, USA TODAY

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