If you’re looking to grab a bite to eat or a cup of coffee on Christmas, be prepared to find limited options Saturday.
Major national restaurant chains like Olive Garden, Outback Steakhouse, Chili’s, Taco Bell and Chipotle are closed for the holiday. With Christmas falling on a Saturday, it means Chick-fil-A will be closed two days in a row since its restaurants are traditionally closed Sundays.
But many Starbucks, McDonald’s and Dunkin’ locations will be open on Christmas, along with IHOP, Denny’s and Waffle House.
You also might be able to order pizza from Pizza Hut, Domino’s or Papa John’s, but not all locations will be open or delivering.
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It’s often a franchise decision whether a restaurant opens on holidays, so check with your closest location before heading out.
You can also check OpenTable for restaurants accepting holiday reservations, like Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse and Texas de Brazil.
Christmas is historically a slow day for the restaurant industry, small business software provider Womply previously told USA TODAY. With the exception of Chinese restaurants known for being open on Christmas, many local restaurants also will be closed, according to Womply’s analysis.
Many stores also will be closed for Christmas. (Here’s the list of what drugstores, convenience stores and grocery stores are open.)
Restaurants open Christmas 2021
The following restaurant chains have select locations open. Check with your closest location before heading out as not all locations are open. Some restaurant websites do not have updated holiday hours so call ahead or check apps for more information.
Applebee’s: Select restaurants nationwide will be open on Christmas Day but hours may be reduced.
Bar Louie: Open from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Buffalo Wild Wings: A few select sports bars are open and hours will vary by location.
Chinese restaurants: It’s a tradition for Chinese restaurants to be open Christmas. Check with your favorite for hours.
Domino’s: Many locations are closed but the store locator includes Christmas hours for some locations.
Panda Express: Some restaurants open.
Papa John’s: Select locations are open.
Pizza Hut: The majority of locations are closed but a few restaurants open late afternoon on Christmas, the company told USA TODAY.
TGI Fridays: Varies, but some locations open from 3 to 11 p.m.
More restaurants: Some locally-owned and regional chain restaurants also will be open Christmas and restaurants located in hotels often are open on holidays.
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Christmas fast food open: Select McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Subway
Not all locations will be open. Fast-food chain apps allow you to order ahead, get discounts and check hours.
Subway: Restaurants are individually owned and operated, so hours can vary by location.
Wendy’s: Varies, but the fast-food chain told USA TODAY most locations operate with their normal hours.