If you’re looking for a Thanksgiving food fix, your options will be limited.

National chains like Starbucks, McDonald’s, Dunkin’ and Applebee’s will have many of their locations open Thursday, but others including Chipotle, Taco Bell and Chick-fil-A will be closed for the holiday.

Restaurant holiday hours will vary more than years past as businesses across the country deal with numerous challenges from labor shortages to supply chain issues, which has led some chains to reclose dining rooms and cut hours, according to research from InMarket, a consumer intelligence company.

With key ingredients such as meat, oil and eggs soaring in cost, 75% of restaurants have had to make menu changes including increasing prices, according to the National Restaurant Association.

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Multiple restaurants are offering Thanksgiving meal takeout specials but deadlines for advanced ordering have passed. Online orders are possible for a few, but there may be limited options.

Some restaurants may not be open on Thursday at all. Always check before heading out.

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McDonald’s will open some of its restaurants, but it is not always possible to find all locations. This decision often falls on the franchise. You can search for restaurants by using the mobile app of McDonald’s, which allows you to order in advance.

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Starbucks opens Thanksgiving 2021

Are you in the mood to have a Pumpkin Spice Latte Starbucks will be open on Thanksgiving Day, and you can order on their mobile app or website. Be sure to check the hours in your area before ordering or going inside.

Starbucks offers curbside, drive-thru, and in-store pickups. Your iPhone can order your drink by simply saying “Hey Siri, order Starbucks.”

While supplies last, fall and holiday beverages are now available in participating venues

Many Dunkin’ restaurants are open for Thanksgiving

Dunkin’ told USA TODAY the store hours would vary depending on where it is located and that some locations might not be open for Thanksgiving. The chain said one way to confirm your location is open is by using its mobile app. DoorDash delivery will be offered on Thursday.

Restaurants open for Thanksgiving 2021

A few of the following restaurants chains keep some locations open. Some dining rooms may be closed, and many may be offering a special menu or takeout and delivery. Before you go, make sure to check with the nearest location. Not all restaurants are open. You might need to call ahead if you don’t see the holiday hours on some restaurant websites.


Bar Louie

Black Rock Coffee Bar

Bob Evans

Boston Market

Buffalo Wild Wings

Burger King  

Capital Grille

Carl’s Jr. (corporate locations open)

Cracker Barrel




Fogo de Chão

Golden Corral


Hardee’s (corporate locations open through lunch)


Iron Skillet 

Krispy Kreme

Logan’s Roadhouse

Maggiano’s Little Italy 


Metro Diner

Morton’s The Steakhouse 

Pollo Campero 

Ruth’s Chris Steak House

Papa John’s


Ruby Tuesday 


Smokey Bones barbecue 

Sonic Drive-In


Steak ‘n Shake


Waffle House


Taco Bell, Chipotle Closed Thanksgiving

Taco Bell usually opens on holidays like Veteran’s Day or Easter. However, this year, it will close on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. USA TODAY was informed by Chipotle Mexican Grill about the closure of its restaurants on Thursday.

Closing of Chick-fil A Thanksgiving 2021

Chick-fil A locations across the country will close on Thanksgiving. “We’re taking time this day to reflect on what we’re grateful for – our family, friends, Team Members and guests – and to enjoy our second favorite bird,” the chicken chain said in a blog post.

Thanksgiving 2021: Restaurants Closed

Although most of these restaurants have closed, there are still some potential franchises that may be available.

Bonefish Grill

Carrabba’s Italian Grill


Chipotle Mexican Grill 

Chuck E. Cheese

Church’s Chicken

First Watch 

Little Caesars 

Olive Garden 

Outback Steakhouse 

Panera Bread

Peet’s Coffee

P.F. Chang’s (Two casinos locations are currently open)

Red Lobster

Taco Bell

Tijuana Flats

Torchy’s Tacos

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Source: USAToday.com


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