More and more people every year are skipping the hosting and cooking on Thanksgiving and leaving it up to restaurants. More than 14 million Americans are expected to dine out this year for Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving Day might be hours away, but local restaurants have been busy preparing a Thanksgiving meal days in advanced.
“Tons and tons of food that we already have back in storage, literally its weeks and weeks of preparation,” said Teresa Bailey, food and beverage director for Bix Bistro.
That’s because more people are putting down the cooking aprons and leave the cooking up to restaurants.
“I think that families now you’re seeing 20, 25 you know, extended families getting bigger. I think they realize if you want to get everybody together you just go out,”said Mike Chrisinske, executive staff at Thunder Bay Grille in Davenport.
Thunder Bay Grille in Davenport is expecting anywhere from 900 to 1,000 people on Thanksgiving day. They even have a waiting list.
“Wouldn’t you rather go out to eat instead of having to thaw out a turkey for two days in advance and put everything together,”said Bailey.
Over at Bix Bistro, they are completely booked.
“It’s definitely becoming a trend for all the holidays not just thanksgiving,” said Bailey.
However, while more and more are breaking tradition, one thing has stayed the same.
“You get to come in and again sit with your family and friends and the best part is out in public they’re usually on their best behavior, they’re not bickering or fighting,” said Bailey.