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Restaurants open on Christmas...

So this year may be a little less traditional. We may be going out to eat on Christmas since we are getting together on Christmas Eve. Are alot of places open? I never really paid attention before. Any suggestions would be appreciated, especially ones that are not buffet.

Thanks!

created by Ryan on Dec 16, 2009 at 08:30:45 am     Comments: 27

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Man, McDonalds isnt even open on christmas! You might end up at a truckstop.

posted by billy on Dec 16, 2009 at 09:25:15 am     #  

please dont support restaurants that are open on Christmas (Christmas Eve too). It just forces employees to abandon their family to go and serve meals to another family for a crappy wage.

Thats just my opinion.

posted by steve155 on Dec 16, 2009 at 09:50:51 am     #  

With that logic we should not patronize any place on any holiday? What about Sundays?

posted by Ryan on Dec 16, 2009 at 10:08:17 am     #  

How about people that want to work???

posted by lfrost2125 on Dec 16, 2009 at 10:26:12 am     #  

for double time in some cases!

posted by Molsonator on Dec 16, 2009 at 10:35:33 am     #  

And better than average tips I would assume.

So am I eating Chinese on Christmas or what?

posted by Ryan on Dec 16, 2009 at 10:36:54 am     #  

Not everyone even celebrates Christmas.

posted by SensorG on Dec 16, 2009 at 11:14:37 am     #  

Not sure of your options Ryan. I've always gone to my grandma's on Christmas Day, so I don't even know what's open.

posted by lfrost2125 on Dec 16, 2009 at 11:18:10 am     #  

All of the Jewish folks head to the Chinese restaurants on Christmas. It is kind of a tradition.

posted by JohnnyMac on Dec 16, 2009 at 11:52:22 am     #  

Ryan, I can't vouch for the dining experience but, a lot of the chains are open for travelors etc. especially later in the day.

posted by Offshore on Dec 16, 2009 at 12:12:02 pm     #  

My family gets take out Bai Du in Perrysburg every year on Christmas. We always do our family dinner on Christmas Eve so we took a page out of A Christmas Story and get Chinese ever year now. The food is excellent! I always look forward to it, it's a great family tradition.

posted by AquaMan22 on Dec 16, 2009 at 12:20:10 pm     #  

sorry didn't mean to upset anybody. I was just having a little sympathy for the workers that can't be with their families on that day.

"What about Sundays?"
easy math: One Chrismas a year vs. 52 Sundays
I'm sure folks won't mind missing a few Sundays with their family out of the year

I don't celebrate Christmas either but I enjoy having a designated day to spend with my entire family. If it were to change to a date in the middle of August I would be more than happy.

posted by steve155 on Dec 16, 2009 at 04:52:33 pm     #  

12 days of Christmas, everyone gets 2 weeks vacation and everything for the most part will shut down, One huge Christmas bash. ho ho ho

posted by Linecrosser on Dec 16, 2009 at 05:46:52 pm     #  

steve wrote;"please dont support restaurants that are open on Christmas (Christmas Eve too). It just forces employees to abandon their family to go and serve meals to another family for a crappy wage.

Thats just my opinion."

You must be one of those people that have never had to work the Holidays.There are places of business that do not shut down for any holiday.The place I am employed stays open 24-7 regardless what day it is.Also, what about police,fire,military,security personnel,gas station employees,utility workers and health care workers.These employees need to eat on the holidays also.It would be nice for them if there were a couple of restaurants open over the holidays so they would have something available during and after work.Just imagine if all those people that I mentioned stayed home every holiday.We would have chaos.We instead should be thanking those that keep things running while the rest of sit back do nothing but eat and drink.

posted by buckeye278 on Dec 16, 2009 at 06:31:00 pm     #  

Please excuse me if I left out any other workers that may have to be at work over Christmas and New Years.I am sure there are many more that I could add to my list.How about transportation workers?
I bet there are many of those people that have to work also.

posted by buckeye278 on Dec 16, 2009 at 06:38:12 pm     #  

"12 days of Christmas, everyone gets 2 weeks vacation and everything for the most part will shut down, One huge Christmas bash. ho ho ho"

That would be nice,but I would have to stock up on booze ahead of time because my favorite pub would be closed.LOL!

posted by buckeye278 on Dec 16, 2009 at 06:47:16 pm     #  

We were just talking about this kind of situation on Thanksgiving, and someone said that there's always a hospital! They have cafeterias for workers and visitors, so it's an option.

posted by connie on Dec 16, 2009 at 07:22:47 pm     #  

How about some people who dont have jobs? I'm sure some of them would appreciate the work especially some of those who cannot afford to eat.

posted by wishiniwasfishin on Dec 16, 2009 at 07:27:15 pm     #  

Steve155 requests that everyone act in unison to resolve a problem that may not exist at all.

I have personal knowledge of a south end tavern / restaurant that opened 21+ years ago and has been open every single day since then. My experience is that staffers volunteer to work on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Years Day. Not many places are open so this place usually gets jam packed. Tips are usually double or more. People want to make $.

"Abandoning their families", hardly.

posted by jimavolt on Dec 16, 2009 at 08:32:05 pm     #  

Just did some field work. Bar Louis, Levis is open at 5:00.

posted by Offshore on Dec 16, 2009 at 10:06:22 pm     #  

I think alot of places open up later in the day, like Offshore pointed out with Bar Louis. I'm sure most of the ethnic food places will be open also, not just chinese. Check out some Indian, Mediterrainean, and Lebanese places.

posted by muddyriverduck on Dec 16, 2009 at 10:53:57 pm     #  

'sorry didn't mean to upset anybody.'

You don't need to apologize to anyone. Your heart was in the right place.

Yes, more people work on a 'major' holiday like Christmas than most realize, some of them want to (for varied reasons) and some of them have to, mostly because they are low on a seniority list or they're single and most people with families want the day off.

I'm certain that Thanksgiving and Christmas are the two holidays in the course of a year the vast majority of people want to have off, given a choice in the matter.

posted by McCaskey on Dec 18, 2009 at 01:55:57 am     #  

After several days this week of holiday parties and family get-togethers, my family frequented Gourmet Garden (Chinese---Sylvania) for takeout tonight. Wanted a break from the holiday leftovers, with lots more to consume.

Man, the place was 90% filled and food was excellent.

Where'd you end up, Ryan?

posted by McCaskey on Dec 25, 2009 at 08:37:38 pm     #  

We ended up at Sakura. I really like that place, but our waitress was pretty rude and pushy. She actually took my old martini and poured the rest in my fresh one. She also told us how they close at 2:30 for lunch. Well, I gave her a good tip, but it wasn't the usual holiday WOW I loke to do this time of year. I was a bit pissed to say the least. Other than that, the place is great.

posted by Ryan on Dec 27, 2009 at 03:48:27 pm     #  

I'm a little late to be commenting on this topic, but just in case anyone wonders for next year...

Uncle John's Pancake House (Secor near Westgate) is open on Christmas Day. It has become somewhat of a family tradition for us to head there for breakfast after opening gifts.

This year, they even had someone walking around with a tray of complimentary egg nog (the non-alcoholic variety, of course).

Most of the staff we encounter there seem to be genuinely happy to be there - perhaps because the place is packed, customers are in a good mood, and hopefully most of them leave an extra-generous tip for Christmas. (That's what we do, at least.)

posted by mom2 on Dec 27, 2009 at 06:38:19 pm     #  

Uncle John's has been there forever. It was there when I came to Toledo fall of '73. Now I'm wondering what year it opened.

posted by McCaskey on Dec 27, 2009 at 06:46:42 pm     #  

" Most of the staff we encounter there seem to be genuinely happy to be there - perhaps because the place is packed, customers are in a good mood, and hopefully most of them leave an extra-generous tip for Christmas. (That's what we do, at least.) "

That's why when my wife waited tables she didn't mind working the holidays. She always made good money on those days.

On another note, my brother-in-law and I stopped into Denny's after midnight mass and they were packed. We also left a extra generous tip.

posted by lfrost2125 on Dec 27, 2009 at 07:40:44 pm     #