HOUSTON – For those who opted to skip the "traditional” turkey, several Houston restaurants stayed open late Thanksgiving to accommodate families
It was business as usual and just as busy as usual at B & B Butchers this Thanksgiving holiday.
Many customers packing the place opted to dine out rather than cook this turkey day.
"This is actually our first Thanksgiving here. We've eaten out many many years on Thanksgiving, but this is the first one here," said Chuck Brown, a customer.
"I think it's good. It puts the pressure in the back away in the corner somewhere so you don't have to worry about the stress of cooking," said Bryant Wilkerson, another customer.
Owner Benjamin Berg has been open the last three Thanksgivings and said the trend to eat out seems to be growing.
This year, more than 1,000 customers are expected to walk through the doors.
"This is why we're in this business. It's to give back; we work when everyone else doesn't," said Benjamin Berg, Owner of B & B Butchers.
And it seems the idea is catching on as other businesses are also jumping on board.
At Perry's Steakhouse in Sugar Land, it’s the first time they’ve opened their doors for Thanksgiving.
"Let us do the dishes, let us do the cooking. Just bring the family and we'll take care of it from there," said Rick Henderson, CEO of Perry's.
"We just didn't want to get our hands dirty and have wine and dine a little bit and have fun with it," said customer Jessica Piscoya.
While it's a new tradition for some, the meaning is still the same for all.
"You're still a family. You know what I mean, you don't lose that. I think it doesn't matter where you have Thanksgiving as long as you guys are together," Piscoya said.
"You know Thanksgiving is about eating and being together and why not do it and let us take care of everything?" Berg said.
KPRC did an online poll to find out what people preferred this holiday.
With more than 2,000 votes, nearly 90 percent still said they went the route of staying home to cook versus dining out.