TUPELO – For whatever reason, you may not have time to cook for Thanksgiving. Or maybe you don’t want to cook. Perhaps you have to work, or maybe you’re too busy shopping.
Fortunately, some restaurants in Tupelo will be open on Turkey Day.
The Hilton Garden Inn, for example, will serve breakfast from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. – but it won’t serve lunch or dinner.
At the Summit Center, serving a Thanksgiving meal has been a tradition, and owner Jimmy Pappas expects several hundred people to enjoy turkey, fried catfish, pork medallions, ham, roast beef, soups, salads and desserts.
For some Greek, Italian as well as some Thanksgiving fare, Vanelli’s is open all day.
Woody’s is again serving lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with ham, roast turkey, deep fried turkey, vegetables, breads and desserts.
Todd’s Big Star will be open, and its deli will have turkey and ham among its choices.
The store is open from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Also open on Thanksgiving with regular hours are Cracker Barrel and Ryan’s.
Most fast-food restaurants will be closed, but all McDonald’s locations are open 24 hours.
Sonic on West Main Street will open at 3 p.m., while the location on North Gloster Street opens at 9 a.m. and stays open until 3 a.m. Friday.
Pizza Hut on West Main Street is open at 4 p.m. on Thursday but other locations are closed all day.
Waffle House, Huddle House and IHOP also are open during their regular hours.
Dodge’s also will be open regular hours.
JP’s Funky Little Shack opens at 4 p.m., as does Applebee’s and Subway locations.
Some stores at The Mall at Barnes Crossing will open at 8 p.m. – the mall itself opens at midnight – and some food court restaurants will open as well. Sbarro, Peppers Express and Steak Escape will open at 8 p.m., while Chick-Fil-A and Magic Wok open at midnight.