Thanksgiving is increasingly becoming just another day in the restaurant business, as the list of Greater Charleston Restaurant Association members keeping holiday hours makes clear.
Although many of them are adjusting menus and hours for Thanksgiving, 41 restaurants are planning to open. By contrast, the group’s spokeswoman was only aware of five member restaurants shutting down for the day.
“It’s just been a tradition for us to let employees have a family day,” says Steven Jones, manager of the West Ashley Crab Shack, one of the five closed restaurants.
For 13 years, the restaurant has closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas, Jones says.
“It’s just a decision we’ve made for us,” he adds.
The Coosaw Creek Crab Shack also closes for Thanksgiving; the Folly Beach location is staying open.
A complete list of GRCA restaurants open for Thanksgiving is posted on the GRCA website.