Thanksgiving dinner is changing into more and more frequent for households in Colorado Springs

For various reasons, not everyone may or want to have a grand feast at home with family and friends, and it seems that more families are spending the day at restaurants instead.

Many people take advantage of the many restaurants that are open on Thanksgiving and offer holiday meals for those who prefer not to cook, have loved ones nearby, or have to work.

Many fast food restaurants used to only close for Thanksgiving and Christmas, but that has changed in recent years as businesses competed for large numbers of vacation shoppers on those days.

Trevy Littleton, a regular at McDonald’s on 8th Street in Colorado Springs, said Tuesday she was glad the restaurant was open for the holidays.

“I don’t usually eat a meal here, I just get something to drink,” she said. “But I think these places are important because they offer people like me a place where they can be with other people. Not necessarily with other people, but around them.”

Littleton said she rarely has vacation plans because she is a widow and has no family nearby.

“I called a friend and we’re having dinner together,” she said. “But sharing a big meal with many people can be overrated. Sometimes I prefer to stay home with my pets because they are the only things that are in my life every day.”

Another place that many people attended Thanksgiving was the IHOP in the Southgate area of ​​Colorado Springs.

Among the visitors: two Fort Carson soldiers and a friend, a Maryland woman coming to live with her daughter and granddaughter, a Broadmoor employee who meets his parents from Cuchara, and two friends who are having their first Thanksgiving meal together .

“It’s hard not to see your family on Thanksgiving,” said Adam Buchanan, the Broadmoor employee. “Especially when almost everyone else can see hers. This is a good option.”

“I’ve been here for eight years and it’s not as busy as it used to be,” said Connie Lauger, an IHOP waitress. “I think more people now have places to go and a lot of people just want to eat before they shop and have the traditional food later.”

Oddly enough, traditional Thanksgiving food wasn’t a popular menu choice at IHOP.

“Burgers and breakfast,” said Lauger.

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