PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Not everybody likes to eat at home on Thanksgiving Day, which is why a number of restaurants are open on the holiday.

“People like to go out on the holidays,” said Deborah Lovelace, a restaurant manager. “Sometimes they get larger groups. They don’t want to cook for that many people, and it’s easier to go out.”

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To meet that need, more local restaurants offer buffets or fixed price dinners, including:

  • Atria’s
  • Capital Grille
  • Fresco’s
  • Habitat
  • Houlihan’s
  • Hyeholde
  • LeMont
  • Michael’s
  • Mitchell’s Fish Market
  • Terrace Room
  • Wooden Nickel

Restaurants at all three area casinos are open — the Rivers, Meadows and Nemacolin — and you can also dine on the Gateway Clipper’s Majestic.

Houlihan’s in Station Square has a buffet with turkey and gravy, of course, but other choices, too.

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“We’re going to have a fresh cut roast beef, homemade meat loaf, hand-breaded chicken fingers, our sliders,” said Lovelace.

She says employees volunteer to work Thanksgiving because the tips are bigger.

Besides eating out on Thanksgiving Day, another popular spot — how about the local bar — where a lot of folks would rather drink than go out on Thanksgiving night and spend money shopping.

“My bar will fill up usually around 6:30 or 7 when people start to do their shopping, and husbands like to come over and hide out here,” said Susie Seigler, a bartender.

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