Many choose to dine out for Thanksgiving 2017

Updated: Nov. 23, 2017 at 1:39 PM CST
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IRONDALE, AL (WBRC) - The line stretched down 1st Avenue North and around the corner when Irondale Café opened its doors for Thanksgiving lunch at 11 a.m.

"We pick out our food. We get the same table. We've been doing this for five years. No cleanup. Nothing to worry about. I've got my family together," Alabaster's Kim Molish said as she finished her traditional Thanksgiving meal.

Irondale Café owner Jim Dolan decided to open for Thanksgiving five years ago because the weekend after the holiday is typically slow.

Dolan asked employees if they would be willing to work 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and be home for dinner in exchange for Friday and Saturday off, plus a turkey and pie.

"They love it," he said.

More than 700 people, plus the Samford Bulldogs football team will be served this Thanksgiving at Irondale Café.

Several other restaurants are open with regular menus or special Thanksgiving meals, including The Bright Star in Bessemer, Cracker Barrel, Denny's, IHOP, Romano's Macaroni Grill, Ruth's Chris and Waffle House.

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