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18 restaurants that will be open on Christmas Day

When you think of Christmas, you probably think of digging fork first into a massive spread of home cooked feast. But, if you’d rather spend your time with loved ones instead of being stuck in the kitchen, or if you don’t find yourself at home for the holiday, we’ve listed 20 chain restaurants that will be open Christmas Day. Regardless of where you end up dining out, remember that these employees are stuck working away from their own families on the biggest holiday of the year. So don’t be a Scrooge. Tip well! Applebee’s Many Applebee’s locations will be open on Christmas Day, but it is best to call you local Applebee’s ahead of time since individual franchisees may opt out. https://www.instagram.com/p/BmmKp37n4wP/ Boston Market Boston Market locations will be open on Christmas so you can enjoy a traditional holiday meal for just $12.99. Also, if you’re going to be home,…

16 restaurants open on Thanksgiving Day

Forget to thaw the turkey? Traveling for work? Family 3,000 miles away? Whatever your reasons for not gorging on a home-cooked meal, rest assured that there are plenty of fast-food and sit down restaurants ready and waiting for you to stop by on Thanksgiving Day. Here is a list of some of them — just in case you need back-up: https://www.instagram.com/p/BmmKp37n4wP/?taken-by=applebees Applebee’s Call ahead just to confirm your specific location, but many Applebee’s locations will be open throughout the day and into the evening. They do have turkey options on the menu, so even if you just hate cooking, you may opt for Applebee’s. https://www.instagram.com/p/BnuUqg7BpFl/?taken-by=bahamabreezeislandgrille Bahama Breeze Give your Thanksgiving Day a dose of Caribbean-style fun. Thanksgiving menu items will be served with a tropical twist. Then wash it all down with something fruity from the yummy cocktail menu. https://www.instagram.com/p/BpMzSdRgY3P/?taken-by=bobevansfarms Bob Evans If you want to avoid the hassle of…

10 places you can score free food and other deals on Halloween

“Trick-or-treat” doesn’t always have to mean candy. While there are still some days left until everyone’s favorite haunted holiday Halloween, now is the time to plan your fright night feast. There are a number of restaurants giving out freebies in the days leading up to Oct. 31, so you might as well take advantage of the free (or seriously discounted) food giveaways. Applebee’s For an adult trick-or-trick, visit Applebee’s where they are serving up the Dollar Zombie all month long. It’s just $1 and has an eerie blue color concocted with rum, pineapple, passion fruit, and gummy brain garnish. Baskin-robbins Sick of candy? Switch to ice cream! Visit your local Baskin-Robbins location and score a kid-sized scoop for just $1.50 on Halloween. (That’s a savings of $2.79). All flavors are available during the promotion. Bubba Gump Shrimp The kid-friendly restaurant is allowing kids to eat free with purchase of an…

Men think food tastes better when waitress is attractive, study claims

From interesting menu items to the perfect ambiance, restaurants pull out all stops to fill their seats night after night. But if it’s men they’re looking to attract to, the trick might be something much more simple. A recent study found that men believe their food tastes better when the waitress is attractive. Researchers say this is because good-looking women change mens’ expectations about their dining experience. Alternatively, the study found, when food is served by a handsome waiter, women’s opinions aren’t swayed. The research conducted by the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University in Canada surveyed 195 participants of both sexes. While an attractive woman raised men’s expectations of the dining experience, women were far more concerned with the location and noise level of the restaurant. Researched released a statement saying, “The current research shows that the presence of physically attractive individuals can affect consumers’ expectations about their consumption experience which…

Chili’s customers could have had credit card information compromised

If you stopped into your local Chili’s in the past few months for a rack of those tender baby back ribs, you’ll want to check your credit card statement ASAP. Brinker International, parent company to the popular Tex-Mex casual chain restaurant, announced a breach to its system that could put your information at risk. Brinker is working with a third-party forensic team to determine what happened, but the source of the breach is still unknown at this time. A list of restaurants has not been released, but officials estimate the incident will effect guests who visited the restaurant between March and April 2018. https://twitter.com/Chilis/status/995273962178465792 Regardless, it’s safest to just assume that your credit card information was accessed, and take advantage of the free credit monitoring and fraud resolution services the company is offering. Services include one year of credit score monitoring, identity theft recovery services, and a $1 million insurance reimbursement policy. (You can sign up for…

These are the 100 best brunch spots, according to OpenTable users

Nothing says “I love you Mom” more than a Bloody Mary and eggs benedict. Or maybe the new spring weather has just put some pep in your step and you’re feeling more energized to actually put on pants before noon. Either way, OpenTable is here to help. The restaurant reservation app has rounded up the top 100 brunch spots for 2018. Nearly 45,000 restaurants were considered based off of 12 million customer reviews. The top restaurants were then sorted into different categories like “great for brunch,” for example. From California cool brunch spots to which New York dining destinations, the list includes winners from 24 states plus Washington, D.C. California took the most top spots with 19 winning restaurants, followed by New York with 15, D.C. and Pennsylvania, each with nine a piece. Here are all of the 2018 Best Brunch winners listed by state. California Beachcomber Cafe – Crystal Cove – Newport…

Restaurants from movies you can actually eat at in real life

If you’re a big fan of Hollywood flicks, you’ll be pleased to know many aren’t just shot on a sound stage. Some crews set the scene more naturally and head out into town for real life restaurants. Visiting the favorite food spot of your most beloved silver screen characters brings the movie to life and definitely makes for photo-worthy, memorable moments. If you’ve ever dreamt about grabbing a bit where your favorite characters dined, you might be in luck. See these 13 restaurants still open to the public. GOOD WILL HUNTING https://youtu.be/LMD2vUErcYU From the movie: Good Will Hunting Real life restaurant name: Woody’s L Street Tavern Real life address: 195 L Street, Boston, Massachusetts, MA 02127 The local dive bar served as a regular hangout for life-long Boston friends Will (Matt Damon) and Chuckie (Ben Affleck) in Good Will Hunting. The South End spot has been renovated, so fan shouldn’t expect every detail to be intact,…

The 21 most-Instagrammed restaurants of 2017

The most important meal of the day is one you can Instagram. If you subscribe to this logic, particularly if you live or follow Instagram users in New York, Chicago or Los Angeles, you’ve likely contributed to the most-Instagrammed restaurants, bars, bakeries and cafes of 2017. On Wednesday, Instagram released it’s annual year in review list of “most popular” in categories such as celebrities, cities and of course, everyone’s favorite category to share, food. Eateries were divided into two categories: restaurants and bakeries/cafes. The title of “most photographed restaurant” went to 230 Fifth in New York City, located 21 floors up, and offering sweeping views of Manhattan. The upscale casual restaurants allows guests to snap shots of swanky looking cocktails against a scene of palm trees and some of the country’s most iconic buildings including the Empire State Building. Topping the list for most-Instagrammed bakery or cafe was the Kim Kardashian West-approved Cafe du…

11 restaurants open on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is all about home cooked meals, but that doesn’t mean all restaurants will be shutting their doors. According to the National Restaurant Association, holiday dinners and Thanksgiving brunch are big business. About one in every ten Americans will eat out this Thanksgiving, with Millennials being especially likely to skip out on making the meal. But regardless if you’re giving up cooking this Thanksgiving, going out for breakfast, or in a pinch and need to pick up a take-out side dish, these national restaurant chains have you covered. They’ll be leaving their doors open on national Turkey Day to help you celebrate however you see fit. Here are 11 restaurants open on Thanksgiving. ApplebEe’s Select Applebee’s locations around the country will offer a special Thanksgiving meal with all the usual sides done Applebee’s style. Call your local restaurant ahead of time to make sure they’ll be ope. Boston Market Order by…

Too many restaurants in America are causing industry trouble

The restaurant industry can expect some troubled times ahead. After a prolonged period of growth, fueled by Wall Street, experts say the market is now oversaturated with casual, fast-food and chain restaurants, the New York Times reports. After the dot-com bust, many investors turned away from Silicon Valley and looked toward the hospitality sector for more reliable — although smaller — returns. The New York Times reported that Wall Street “poured billions into the restaurant industry.” In recent years, the number of restaurants in the U.S. — currently estimated at about 620,000 — has grown at twice the rate of the population. It’s true that customers are faced with busy lifestyles and continue to spend a large portion of their food budget at restaurants. But that dollar amount is now being spread across an ever-increasing number of establishments, so profits are divided into smaller and smaller pieces. Changes in single-store sales over time are down to the lowest they’ve been…