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Thanksgiving takeout takes off for local diners

Community supporting local and giving thanks at a critical time for businesses.
Published: Nov. 25, 2020 at 7:15 PM EST
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MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - In the Thanksgiving feast, it is ‘traditional’ for families to fill the tabletop with delicious home cooking -- but this year, ‘traditional’ includes hearty restaurant meals to the mix.

Especially in Marquette.

Despite restaurant dining rooms being closed for Thanksgiving this year per the state’s epidemic orders, it does not mean that businesses will not be cooking as usual.

At Outlanders Family Style Restaurant, Owner and General Manager Nichole Klingler said pre-orders had sold out about two weeks ago.

“We’re not taking anymore orders for today or tomorrow for Thanksgiving actually. Because of our limited staffing numbers that we have, we wanted to make sure that we can give everybody who has already ordered, the best meal possible,” Klingler said.

And at the Marquette Big Boy, you can only phone ahead to order pies.

Their $14.99 Thanksgiving special comes with turkey, ham, chicken, mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, dinner roll and corn -- Happy Thanksgiving indeed.

However, the special can only be ordered on Thanksgiving Day -- Owner Steve Whelan advised it best to go straight to the restaurant to order.

“Phone’s are going to be crazy. The best way is to just pull in. We’re going to have someone outside, tell them how many you want, and we’ll go ring you up and bring it out. We have enough to do about 1200 (meals) and if we have extra we’re going to run it on Friday too -- if we don’t run out tomorrow,” Whelan said.

A busy Thanksgiving to come for local restaurants, but they’ll look forward to seeing you again for your next dinner plans.

“We usually fill up on Thanksgiving but to fill up that early, we feel really grateful and really blessed that the Marquette community keeps calling us and keeps asking us for take-out,” said Klingler.

What a time to support local -- and give thanks.

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