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Thanksgiving Means Big Business for Local Restaurants

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Thanksgiving is not only a big day for stuffing your face with food, but for the food business.

Around 33 million people rely on restaurants for all or part of their turkey day dinners.

“We have no family close by. They're all far away so for two of us to cook a big turkey is stupid,” says diner Mariane Wood.

Golden Corral in Joplin is expected to serve 2,000 people, 60% more than average.

Hungry diners at golden corral lined up as early as 10am in the morning to enjoy a holiday feast with lines out the door.

Marian Wood and her husband were there when the door opened and says it's much simpler to go out than cook a large meal for two.

“We came this morning because we like to go everywhere early and we wanted to beat the crowds. I knew it'd be really crowded today," says Wood.

For 4 million Americans take-out makes more sense.

“I'm a single person and a lot of my family members are going out of town and so I decided it would just be better to take out a meal. And I've cooked a lot of thanksgivings in my time. So I just decided it was better to relax and eat good food,” says Joplin resident Connie Fisher.

Granny Shaffer's sold out of its three turkey day dinner seatings.

“We've been doing thanksgiving dinners for about nine years now. My property tax went up I had to figure out a way to pay it so we decided to open on thanksgiving,” says Granny Shaffer owner Mike Wiggins.

Many fast food businesses and diners like IHOP stay open 24/7 over the holiday and hire more workers to compensate.

“We actually have been hiring pretty hard for the last month just to prepare for this weekend and Christmas and so on,” says IHOP Manager Vincent Freeman.

In Joplin Diane Gerstenfeld KOAM NEWS
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