Eating Out on Thanksgiving

A brief list of what's open and what's not
You'll be out of luck in your Thanksgiving Day plans included dining at the Fleetwood – it will be closed for the holiday.

You'll be out of luck if your Thanksgiving Day plans included dining at the Fleetwood – it will be closed for the holiday.

Last year, The Chronicle asked readers to give us their best bets for places to eat out on Thanksgiving Day, given that most restaurants would be closed. We recently checked in with those restaurants to make sure they’d be open this year too, and have added a few to the list.

We’ve also listed several restaurants that we thought might be open on Thanksgiving – but, it turns out, aren’t. Finally, we’ve included some of the spots that will be serving free meals on Thanksgiving Day to people in need.

All of this, after the jump.

What’s Open?

Editor’s note: This is by no means a comprehensive list. Know of other places that will be open? Please add that information in a comment.

Gandy Dancer: Open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., serving from its regular dinner menu. Also offering a turkey dinner special for $24.95 or a roasted duck dinner for $25.99. Address: 401 Depot St., Ann Arbor. Phone: 734-769-0592‎.

Haab’s: Open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., serving from its regular dinner menu and offering a turkey dinner special for $15.95. Address: 18 W Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti. Phone: 734-483-8200.

Lord Fox: Open noon to 7 p.m., serving a traditional turkey dinner for $24 as well as items from their regular dinner menu. Address: 5400 Plymouth, Ann Arbor. Phone: 734-662-1647.

Raja Rani: Open 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for lunch, and 5-9:30 p.m. for dinner. Address: 400 S. Division St., Ann Arbor. Phone: 734-995-1545.

Weber’s: The main restaurant will be open from noon to 9 p.m., serving a limited menu, including a turkey dinner special. The banquet room will be open from noon to 6 p.m. for parties with four or more adults, bringing a whole turkey to each table for $18.95 per person. Address: 3050 Jackson Ave., Ann Arbor. Phone: 734-769-2500.

Free Meals

Cottage Inn: Serving from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Address: 512 E. William St., Ann Arbor. Phone: 734-663-3379.

Holy Trinity Church: Serving from 11 a.m. until they run out of food. Address: 511 W. Forest Ave., Ypsilanti. Phone: 734-482-1400

New Testament Church: Serving from noon until 1 p.m. Address: 1230 W. Michigan Ave. Ypsilanti. Phone: 734-485-3456

What’s Closed?

It’s a good bet that most restaurants will be closed, so call ahead if you’re not sure. Here’s a few that we’ve already checked.

None of the Ann Arbor restaurants owned by Main Street Ventures will be open. Those include the Chop House, Carson’s American Bistro, Gratzi, Real Seafood, Palio, La Dolce Vita.

The “houses” will also be closed – Knight’s Steakhouse and Zingerman’s Roadhouse.

And the 24-hour Fleetwood Diner will be closed at least 24 hours on Thanksgiving – at this point, they aren’t planning to reopen until 8 a.m. the following day.

Section: Business, Entertainment

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  1. By Sid
    November 16, 2009 at 8:01 pm | permalink

    I saw an ad that said Holiday’s, on Stadium would be open on

  2. By ChrisW
    November 16, 2009 at 10:07 pm | permalink

    I bet most of the Chinese restaurants will be open. Not traditional, but still tasty and filling.

  3. By Marg
    November 17, 2009 at 6:29 pm | permalink

    Evans Street Station in Tecumseh has a buffet that sounds extremely awesome. Link

  4. By Mary Morgan
    November 20, 2009 at 3:35 pm | permalink

    An additional meal on Thanksgiving Day for people in need will be hosted by Vineyard Church, 2275 Platt Road in Ann Arbor from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Hourly shuttles to the church will leave from Liberty Plaza (corner of Liberty & Division) starting at 11. The last shuttle leaves Vineyard at 5 p.m.

  5. By thomas siterlet
    November 21, 2009 at 12:21 pm | permalink

    I called Holiday’s -They are indeed open Thanksgiving 8-3 & the full turkey dinner will set you back $12-$15.

  6. By John Moran
    November 25, 2009 at 3:02 pm | permalink

    Kai Garden,the wonderful Chinese restaurant on Main St., will be open ’til 9:30 on Thanksgiving. Many options for vegetarians and I’ll bet it won’t be too crowded.