Local restaurant details Thanksgiving on the job

Melissa Zygowicz meets with The Pizzeria in the Heights to talk working on Thanksgiving.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) — Thanksgiving no doubt requires a lot of cooking, but some restaurants in Little Rock are helping you avoid all the hassle of doing it yourself.

The Pizzeria in the Heights is one of the very few local restaurants open Thanksgiving Day. The manager said one reason why they decided to stay open is so people have a place to go, in case they need a break from family time.

"We're open at 6 tomorrow. Serving pizza until 10, but It just depends how long the parties going to keep going and we'll keep it going,” Manager Dillon Garcia said.

Pizza may not be what comes to mind when you think of Thanksgiving, but Dillon said the restaurant just wants to help people shakes thing up a bit.

"We're giving people the opportunity to come out, get something a little different,” he said. "At thanksgiving, people usually eat pretty early in the day. Spend all day cooking  a big turkey dinner. At the end of it, you've got everything cleaned up. You really don't want to cook again."

Server Matt Crockett said he thinks there is a need for some restaurants to stay open.

"The people that come here are actually most of the time very grateful that we're open. The last two years we were looking at hour waits kind of thing,” Crockett said.

Crockett said he does not mind coming in on Thanksgiving Day to work. He finds it fun.

“If the staff feels comfortable doing it, taking time out of their own personal lives then I definitely think there should be a need for it,” Crockett said.

Garcia agrees.

“For me, I’m going to go spend time with my family during the day and about the time they start getting annoying I’m going to be like ‘Hey! I’ve got to come to work,” Garcia said. “Then I’m going to come here and do it all over again with my work family. It’s actually going to be a really fun evening.”

As one of the only restaurants open on Turkey day, this pizzeria is ready to serve you – just in case you burn the turkey!

"we get a lot of people that are looking for a place to go and we're always happy to be accommodating,” Crockett said.

For a complete list of restaurants open Thanksgiving in Little Rock, click here

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