More families plan to dine out on Christmas

More families plan to dine out on Christmas

Restaurants like Shoney's will be open on Christmas. Restaurants like Shoney's will be open on Christmas.

6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) -  On Christmas Day more and more families are foregoing  the home cooked meal for one prepared by someone else, and restaurants in the area say they're taking note of the growing trend.

The employees of the Shoney's on Western Avenue were out Wednesday placing signs in front of the popular restaurant to let people know they will be open on Christmas.

"Alot of people don't cook on Christmas so they're very thankful that we are open," explained general manager John Butler.

Several Shoney's restaurants will be open on the holiday and each year they see more and more people looking for someone else to do the cooking.

"We went from opening one store to four so there is an increase in sales and in people," Butler says.

They will offer a buffet featuring turkey, ham and all the holiday favorites from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the location on Western Avenue, the Kingston Pike location as well as the location on Lamar Alexander Parkway in Maryville and the location in Dandrige.

At Calhouns on the River they've been taking reservations for more than a month.

They'll offer their full menu for diners that call ahead.  If barbeque isn't your idea of a Christmas dinner they will offer the traditional fixings.

 "Traditional turkey, gravy, stuffing, sides," explained manger Bryan Merryman.

For some families, it's a trend that makes the holiday a little simpler.

"Sometimes it's just nice to give everyone a break and get out of the house and go somewhere else," said Joseph Tortorice, who has dined out on Christmas in the past.

But others say Christmas should be reserved for family time at home.

"I really like to cook so it wouldn't be my optimal choice," said Willdeeta Hayden of Knoxville

For Knoxville resident Leslie Mitchell, cooking on Christmas is part of the tradition.

"We all get together as a family to cook and as someone who works in the restaurant industry I think [opening on Christmas] is the worst idea ever because if you're eating out than that means someone else isn't spending time home on Christmas," Mitchell said.  

But that's something Shoney's says they've thought about.

"Ours is volunteer base only, we don't make anybody work, so they're happy to be here as well to serve the people," said Butler of the employees working on the holiday.

Restaurants open on Christmas

Ruby Tuesday
Calhoun's (all locations)
Copper Cellar West
Smoky Mountain Brewery (all locations)
Ruth's Chris
Crowne Plaza Hotel

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