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

  • In Business
  • 2021-11-24 18:39:51Z

If you're not in the mood to cook this Thanksgiving, you may find slim pickings or have to travel further than usual.

Many major restaurant chains will be closed, including Chipotle and Chick-fil-A, but participating Starbucks, McDonald's and Dunkin' locations will be open, along with Denny's and Waffle House.

Holiday hours will vary more than years past as restaurants across the country continue to deal with labor shortages and supply chain issues, which has led some chains to reclose dining rooms and cut hours, according to research from InMarket, a consumer intelligence company.

Multiple restaurants are offering Thanksgiving meal takeout specials but deadlines are approaching and some have already passed.

►Takeout on Thanksgiving?: Cracker Barrel, Denny's and more offer meal specials to eat at home

►Black Friday 2021 store hours: When Walmart, Target, Best Buy, Costco and other stores open Friday

This year's Thanksgiving meal also is expected to cost more whether you cook it yourself or get it from a restaurant. Michael Swanson, chief agricultural economist at Wells Fargo, told USA TODAY that restaurant inflation is at a "multi-decade high."

If you are cooking, grocery stores also have limited hours Thursday but several are closed, including Walmart and Target. (See the roundup of which stores are open Thursday and who is closed here.)

Is the day before Thanksgiving busy for restaurants?

Thanksgiving Eve is one of the busiest days of the year for restaurants, according to a 2019 report by OpenTable.

However, bars will be even busier. Wednesday, sometimes referred to as "Drinksgiving" or "Blackout Wednesday," is typically one of the most crowded bar nights out of the year.

The night before Thanksgiving also is typically a big boon to business for bars and restaurants. In 2019, there was a 173% increase in sales of shots on Thanksgiving Eve compared with the Wednesday prior, according to Upserve, a restaurant management platform.

Expect grocery stores to also be packed since some are closed for the holiday. According to new data from real-time market research platform Suzy, 82% of shoppers still prefer to make their Thanksgiving grocery runs in person.

Taking a road trip for Thanksgiving? Here are the worst times to hit the road

►8 tips for Thanksgiving travel: Airports will be packed; Masks aren't optional

Fast food open Thanksgiving 2021: McDonald's, Starbucks and Popeyes

Not all locations are open. It's often a franchise decision. Check before heading out.

Some McDonald
Some McDonald's restaurants are open but not all.  

Restaurants open Thanksgiving 2021

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.


Bar Louie

Black Rock Coffee Bar

Bob Evans

Boston Market

Buffalo Wild Wings

Burger King

Capital Grille

Carl's Jr. (corporate locations open)

Cracker Barrel




Fogo de Chão

Golden Corral


Hardee's (corporate locations open through lunch)


Iron Skillet

Krispy Kreme

Logan's Roadhouse

Maggiano's Little Italy


Metro Diner

Morton's The Steakhouse

Pollo Campero

Ruth's Chris Steak House

Papa John's


Ruby Tuesday


Smokey Bones BBQ

Sonic Drive-In


Steak 'n Shake


Waffle House


Restaurants closed Thanksgiving 2021

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

Bonefish Grill

Carrabba's Italian Grill


Chipotle Mexican Grill

Chuck E. Cheese

Church's Chicken

First Watch

Little Caesars

Olive Garden

Outback Steakhouse

Panera Bread

Peet's Coffee

P.F. Chang's (Two casino locations are open)

Red Lobster

Taco Bell

Tijuana Flats

Torchy's Tacos

Fast food closed on Thanksgiving: Taco Bell and Chick-fil-A

This roundup will be updated with additional restaurants with 50 or more locations that are open on Thanksgiving and who is closed. Check back.

►Save better, spend better: Money tips and advice delivered right to your inbox. Sign up here

Contributing: Emma Stein, Detroit Free Press

Follow USA TODAY reporters Kelly Tyko and Michelle Shen on Twitter: @KellyTyko and @michelle_shen10. For shopping news, tips and deals, join us on our Shopping Ninjas Facebook group.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Thanksgiving restaurants open: Cracker Barrel, Waffle House, Wendy's


More Related News

Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg's Film Based on His Childhood Lands Thanksgiving 2022 Release

"The Fabelmans" stars Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen, Paul Dano and Gabriel LaBelle

I live in the UK. Here
I live in the UK. Here's what the 'American' section of the grocery store is actually like.

From expensive cereals and strange Doritos flavors to hot dogs in jars, here's what the 'American' food aisle in a Sainsbury's in Scotland looks like.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply


  • https://soap2day.quest/
    (2021-11-25 08:55:33Z)

    I think this is an informative post and it is very useful and knowledgeable. therefore, I would like to thank you for the efforts you have made in writing this article.

  • Ibmseo fb
    (2021-12-02 12:30:11Z)

    I am continually amazed by the amount of information available on this subject. What you presented was well researched and well worded in order to get your stand on this across to all your readers.

  • the best website ranker
    (2021-12-06 12:11:46Z)

    Succeed! It could be one of the most useful blogs we have ever come across on the subject. Excellent info! I’m also an expert in this topic so I can understand your effort very well. Thanks for the huge help.

  • meme creator
    (2021-12-07 14:56:12Z)

    Very useful post. This is my first time i visit here. I found so many interesting stuff in your blog especially its discussion. Really its great article. Keep it up.


Top News: Business