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Thanksgiving 2021: Restaurants & Stores That Are Open Today

by Liz Holland
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If you’re looking to chow down somewhere other than Grandma’s house this Thanksgiving, we’ve got the scoop on what’s open. 

For most chain restaurants open this Thanksgiving 2021, hours vary by location. Many chains that are open today will only be open at some locations. Many stores open today are operating on limited hours, so it’s always a good idea to call your location for details before heading out. 

If you’re looking for a holiday shopping trip or a quick run to the store to grab a forgotten ingredient, we’ve also got the low-down on who is open and who is closed this year.

Restaurants Open Thanksgiving 2021


Ready to try a new seasonal latte this Thanksgiving? Starbucks will be open today, but hours will vary from location to location. Be sure to check the store’s mobile app to see your favorite store’s hours. 

While you’re there, you can place your order directly through the app. Depending on location, Starbucks offers a multitude of pickup options. This includes drive-through, in-store, and curbside pickup.

Dunkin Donuts

Dunkin Donuts will also be open today, but it is up to each franchisee if they will be open and if they are, for how long. Check the mobile app for details on your location.

From drive-through to take-out, we’ve compiled a list of restaurants open this year. For most, not every location will be in operation. Be sure to check with your local store before you leave the house. 

Here’s a number of stores that’ll be open this year:

  • Applebee’s
  • Cracker Barrel 
  • Denny’s 
  • Burger King
  • Carl’s Jr. 
  • Buffalo Wild Wings 
  • Golden Corral 
  • IHOP
  • Krispy Kreme
  • Subway
  • Starbucks
  • Sonic
  • Waffle House 
  • McDonald’s
  • Wendys
  • Popeyes
  • Papa John’s 

Restaurants Closed Today

Some chains will be closed completely. This includes spots like Raising Canes, Chick-Fil-A, Chipotle, and Taco Bell. Although some of these chains have remained open on Thanksgiving in previous years, things are changing up in 2021. As industries everywhere face labor shortages, we may start to see more of a trend with restaurants being closed on holidays. 

For other popular restaurants you have in mind, most are closed. However, it may be worth it to check if you live near a franchise for spots like Panera, Olive Garden, and Peet’s Coffee. Sometimes select franchise locations will remain open on days like today when most chain locations are closed. 

Stores Open Thanksgiving 2021

Forgot to pick up enough butter for your mashed potatoes? Hoping to get some essentials before Black Friday madness ensues? You may be surprised at which stores are closed this Thanksgiving. 

In previous years, major retailers have remained open on Thanksgiving but operate with modified hours. However, we saw a clear shift in this trend last year due to the pandemic. Most noticeably, many retailers that typically open on Thanksgiving as a way to open early for Black Friday, will not be doing so this year. That includes Target, Walmart, Best Buy, Macy’s, Petsmart, Apple, and more. 

While some retailers have made the decision to stay closed on Thanksgiving years ago, Target seems to be the newest addition. Despite being open on the holiday for years before the pandemic, Target will continue to shut its doors on Thanksgiving and direct customers to online shop. 

Many grocery stores will be open, but on limited hours. Spots like Albertsons, Kroger, Safeway, and Ralph’s will be open, but hours may vary. Check with your local grocery chain to find who can best meet your needs. Spots like Walgreens and CVS will remain open today.