Thanksgiving Restaurants: Denny’s, Applebee’s, Golden Corral, Cracker Barrel, Olive Garden, Marie Callender’s, Chili’s, TGI Friday’s, Waffle House, Open or Closed

November 25, 2015 Updated: November 25, 2015

Thanksgiving is Nov. 26, so what does that mean for chain restaurants’ hours?

Denny’s is open with their normal hours on Thanksgiving. It will be serving Thanksgiving meal.

Applebee’s will be open in some locations. Check before going to your local restaurant.

Black Angus Steakhouse encourages people to make reservations. Hours appear to be normal, but check first. It will be serving its Thanksgiving Day Feast, which includes deals.

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store is open Thanksgiving, and it is serving a Thanksgiving meal.

Golden Corral is offering a Thanksgiving Day Buffet at some locations.

Marie Callender’s – Most restaurants will be open on Thanksgiving Day. Check hours before going.

Waffle House will be open on Thanksgivng. Check hours first.

Olive Garden locations will be closed on Thanksgiving. Some locations might operate on holiday schedules, however.

Most TGI Friday’s will be open on Thanksgiving. However, check before going. Most will be open until 4 p.m. local time.

Chili’s will be open on Thanksgiving in some locations. Check first before going out.


Banks are mostly closed Thanksgiving. Here’s a list:

Bank First National
Amerasia Bank
Bank of America
Bank of the West
BBVA Compass Bank
BMO Harris Bank
Canandaigua National Bank & Trust
Central Bank of the Midwest
Chase Bank
City National Bank
The Columbia Bank
Commerce Bank
F&M Bank
Fairfield County Bank
Fidelity Bank
First Merchants Bank
First Niagara Bank
Fulton Bank
M&T Bank
Nevada State Bank
PNC Bank
Regions Bank
Washington Trust Bank
Wells Fargo
Whitney Bank

Public schools, libraries, the DMV, the post office, mail delivery, and more closed on Thanksgiving. The NASDAQ and the New York Stock Exchange are also closed as well.

Meanwhile, President Barack Obama said there’s no credible threat of a terrorist attack during Thanksgiving or Black Friday.

“We are taking every possible step to keep our homeland safe,” Obama told reporters.

“If you see something suspicious, say something,” Obama said. “That’s always helpful.”

Also, rain, snow, ice, and other bad weather will hammer the central United States this Thanksgiving.

As an Accuweather meteorologist said, “People traveling either a short or long distance from the eastern slopes of the Rockies to the Plains, Mississippi Valley and Great Lakes region are likely to encounter delays into Friday.”