Restaurants to serve Thanksgiving meals amid COVID-19
Local restaurants like Willie & Dick’s Grill, Paradise Bistro & Coffee Co. and Ketzler’s Schnitzel Haus and Biergarten are continuing to serve Thanksgiving meals, even during the current COVID-19 pandemic.
Loughry Morrison, owner of Paradise Bistro, purchased the restaurant in May, so she is serving her first Thanksgiving meal this year.
Compared to last year, Morrison said her reservation numbers are extremely low.
“In the year’s past, they’ve done 120 plus plates and that’s take out and dine in. My reservations are very low this year,” she said. “I think people are afraid. I don’t know if it’s because there are so many other restaurants that are offering takeout as well as dine out this year that haven’t in years past or if it is truly just people are afraid. Even though Hood County is at 75 percent capacity, I don’t meet that capacity often. It’s a scary time.”
Paradise Bistro will be serving Thanksgiving meals through reservation only from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Nov. 26.
The meal will include turkey, dressing, gravy, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, sweet potatoes, rolls, cranberry sauce and pumpkin and pecan pie for dessert.
Willie Jensen, owner of Willie and Dick’s Grill, has been serving a Thanksgiving meal for about five years.
He said the only difference he has noticed between last year and this year is that more people are picking up to-go orders.
“We still have people that are going to be coming in to eat the dinner,” he said. “I don’t think we had quite as many to-go orders last year.”
So far, Jensen has already received 15 to-go orders for Thanksgiving Day.
“Last year, we probably served about 60 or 70 people. If you count the to-go orders, it might be pretty dose to the same this year,” he said.
Willie and Dick’s Grill will be serving a Thanksgiving meal through RSVP only, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Thursday, featuring turkey, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, stuffing, cranberry sauce, gravy, rolls and Mel’s homemade pumpkin crunch pie.
Marcel Koblitz, general manager of Ketzler’s Schnitzel Haus and Biergarten, said they are still serving their traditional Thanksgiving meal that they’ve been serving for years.
“We’re still at 75 percent capacity. Of course, masks are mandatory when you come into the restaurant. We are following the normal COVID protocols,” he said. “We are taking reservations because tables will be spaced out, but we will be serving our full Thanksgiving spread with a homemade pumpkin cheesecake.”
Ketzler’s will be serving a Thanksgiving meal from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and will include Oma’s traditional roast turkey breast served with homemade mashed potatoes, sauteed green beans, homemade stuffing, gravy and fresh cranberry sauce.
“I hope everyone sees that there are so many places that are offering dine in, delivery and take out options and chooses to shop local,” Morrison added. “This is the first time I’ve really felt like COVID has affected a lot of things, but even though COVID has prevented us from so much, it is still a time of Thanksgiving and fellowship.”
To reserve a meal for Thanksgiving, call Willie & Dick’s Grill at 817-326-6241, Paradise Bistro & Coffee Co. at 817-573-3853 or Ketzler’s Schnitzel Haus and Biergarten at 682-936-2777.
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