An estimated 33 million Americans were expected to look to restaurants for all or part of their Thanksgiving meals Thursday, according to the National Restaurant Association. In the Kansas City area, several restaurants said they had seen an uptick in Thanksgiving traffic as more Americans eschew the home-cooked dinner that’s been a staple for past generations.
Those Kansas City-area establishments ranged from Boston Market, with its holiday dinner special of an entree, two sides, cornbread and pie for $11.99, to Affaire, a modern German restaurant in the Crossroads Arts District that offered a four-course dinner for $48.
Boston Market said it has seen a 100 percent increase in Thanksgiving sales compared to five years ago.
Some diners said eating out had become a more appealing option since retailers began offering earlier Black Friday deals, thus incentivizing a quicker Thanksgiving dinner.