Ask George: How come so few restaurants are open on Thanksgiving–not for brunch, but for dinner?

Ask George: How come so few restaurants are open on Thanksgivingnot for brunch, but for dinner? Jack W., Wrightsville Beach, NC

I get asked this question a lot. But when I posed it to several local restaurant owners, most of the responses were a polite form of how about, because its Thanksgiving, ya nitwit! Yet some restaurants do stay open that evening, and for good reason.

The majority of restaurants elect to close for the entire day, for obvious reasons. The places that open at all usually do so for brunch/lunch, closing in mid- to late afternoon. A handful stay open until 7 p.m., and fewer stillCoopers Hawk Winery & Restaurant, Maggianos Little Italy, and McCormick & Schmicks (according to this year’s edition of Ian Froebs yearly compilation)remain open later than that, limiting the options for any kind of a mid-evening meal.

Charlie Downs, owner of Cyranos Caf and co-owner of Sugarfire Smoke House, does not open the former and opens Sugarfires Olivette location mainly to accommodate pickups for smoked turkeys, he says. Its still a great day…even when we close at 2 p.m.

Andy Kohn, owner of Edgewild Restaurant and Winery and Edgewild Bistro & Tap, says that Thanksgiving is the second or third busiest day of the year, yet he closes both restaurants early enough so staffers still have time to enjoy a dinner with family or friends. His thoughts echo Downs: Sure, we could jam in an extra seating or two, he philosophized before pausing, but is it really worth it?

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant stays open regular hours on Thanksgiving, from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., and employees can volunteer to work that day or not, for either the first or second shift. A company representative told SLM that many do, since it’s an opportunity to pick up a little extra holiday cash and still be able to see friends/relatives at some point in the day. And for employees with no turkey in their immediate future, the staff meal that day is representative as well.

Whether to stay open or not on that night remains an interesting conundrum.

When I was a partner at Harvest, we pushed a lot of boundaries, one of which was opening on Thanksgiving from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. It was the night that kicked off the holidays for us (plus provided an extra shot of revenue just when year-end taxes were due). And it was packed. Every year. For many local diners, having Thanksgiving dinner at Harvest became a tradition. Staffers would volunteer for the shift (or we wouldnt open) and that never became an issue. One reason was that after the shift, wed open the bar (and on this occasion, even the wine cabinet) and chef/fellow partner Steve Gontram would cook the crew and their SOs a turkey and fixins dinner that rivaled grandmas. The evening was always a wild success, memorable for all concerned. After Harvest closed in the summer of 2014, I wondered if an independent restaurant would pick up the torch. So far, none have.

Dont get me wrong, Im not advocating spending holidays away from loved onesI’m not the ogre of Thanksgiving. My point is, if all parties are willing and all parties benefit, then more restaurants should consider answering requests for offering a Thanksgiving dinner.

Follow George on Twitter @stlmag_dining or send him an email at gmahe@stlmag.com. For more from St. Louis Magazine, subscribe or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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MEET US IN CHICAGO!

MEET US INCHICAGO!November 5, 2015 by LAM Staff

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Its that time of year again, and the Landscape Architecture Magazine team is off to sweet home Chicago [Many LAM staff hail from Chicago.Ed.] for the 2015 ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO. Here are just a few places to find us during the meeting:

Editor Brad McKee will be a panelist on From the Editors Desk: Navigating the Modern Media (SUN-A08), at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, 11/8. He will also be moderating Hybrid Practices (FRI-B02), at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, 11/6, and Inside the LA Studio with Hollander Design (SAT-A02), at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday 11/7.

The staff will also be attending the Landscape Architecture Magazine Advertising Awards (aka theLAMMYs) on Friday, 11/6, the ASLA Student and Professional Awards Ceremony on Monday, 11/9, and the second annual Edible Landscape Celebrationon Saturday, 11/7. Tickets are still available for this event, but it will sell out.

LAM editors will be on hand for Meet the Editorsin the EXPO hall on Saturday and Sunday to hear about those new projects and story ideas,so sign upif youd like to pitch your project. New to Meet the Editors this year is LAM Art Director Chris McGee, who will be available for photography reviews. There are still a few spots left, so be sure to snag yours before theyre all gone!

In between sessions you can find us at the LAM table in ASLA Central on Saturday and Sunday. Drop by and introduce yourself and be sure follow us on Twitter @landarchmagthroughout the meetingremember to use #ASLA2015 on Instagram and Twitter! If you see us in a session or event, be sure to say hellowe love to meet readers and hear what they think about the magazine and the blog.

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Featured Events

October 30, 2015 / in Events / by Katie Dimza

Downtown has brewed up a spook-tacular weekend; enjoy tricks and treats that will delight the entire family!

Are you scared of heights? Then youll want to head over to Three Sixty for the Haunted Heights Halloween Bash on Friday and Saturday; enjoy drink specials and a costume contest with freaky prizes.Cobblestones can be scary, but Lacledes Landing has some great events to overcome your fears. Conquer the Cobblestones is a series of cyclocross races that takes place all day on Saturday with kid friendly events and free spectating. We encourage the brave ghouls that are 21 and over, to stay after the races forCurse of the Cobblestones a Halloween celebration including a pub crawl, prizes, and scary movies playing on the big screen.Afraid of what lies beneath Central Library? Check out Central Cinema in the auditorium (yes thats in the basement) where they will be screening Stanley Kubricks The Shining.Have a frightfully brag-worthy costume? Ballpark Village is hosting the Johnny Brocks DungeonHalloween Bash on Saturday night; listen to St. Louis Party Band, Dr. Zhivegas and show off your costume for a chance to win $5,000 in cash prizes!

360halloween-bash conquer and curse combo centr bpv halloween

Friday Events:

STLive on Washington Avenue

Jumpin Jupiter Show at The Boom Boom Room

Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy at Peabody Opera House

Pumpkin Patch Express at Union Station

Haunted Heights at 360

Saturday Events:

Urban Shark Group Ride

Downtown Running Tour

Conquer the Cobblestones Cyclocross Race on Lacledes Landing

Rugby World Cup at Tigin Irish Pub

Pumpkin Patch Express at Union Station

Central Cinema at Central Library

Blues vs. Wild at Scottrade Center

Curse of the Cobblestones on Lacledes Landing

Escape the Room on Washington Avenue

Haunted Heights at 360

Halloween Bash at Ballpark Village

Sunday Events:

Keep Rams in Saint Louis Rally on Lacledes Landing

Rams vs. 49ers at Edward Jones Dome

Pumpkin Patch Express at Union Station

http://www.downtownstl.org/featured-events-39/

LAMCAST: NATURE AND THE CITY

LAMCAST: NATURE AND THECITYNovember 17, 2015 by LAM Staff

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Since 2010, the National Capital Planning Commission in Washington, D.C., has played host to a speaker series that touches on a wide range of planning issues. One of itsmost recent lectures was Nature in the City | The City in Nature, featuring Douglas Meffert, the executive director of Audubon Louisiana, and Beth White, the director of the Trust for Public Lands Chicago office, who eachdescribedthe opportunities opened to these two cities byintroducing activeliving infrastructure. For more information, please click here.

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Featured Events

October 30, 2015 / in Events / by Katie Dimza

Downtown has brewed up a spook-tacular weekend; enjoy tricks and treats that will delight the entire family!

Are you scared of heights? Then youll want to head over to Three Sixty for the Haunted Heights Halloween Bash on Friday and Saturday; enjoy drink specials and a costume contest with freaky prizes.Cobblestones can be scary, but Lacledes Landing has some great events to overcome your fears. Conquer the Cobblestones is a series of cyclocross races that takes place all day on Saturday with kid friendly events and free spectating. We encourage the brave ghouls that are 21 and over, to stay after the races forCurse of the Cobblestones a Halloween celebration including a pub crawl, prizes, and scary movies playing on the big screen.Afraid of what lies beneath Central Library? Check out Central Cinema in the auditorium (yes thats in the basement) where they will be screening Stanley Kubricks The Shining.Have a frightfully brag-worthy costume? Ballpark Village is hosting the Johnny Brocks DungeonHalloween Bash on Saturday night; listen to St. Louis Party Band, Dr. Zhivegas and show off your costume for a chance to win $5,000 in cash prizes!

360halloween-bash conquer and curse combo centr bpv halloween

Friday Events:

STLive on Washington Avenue

Jumpin Jupiter Show at The Boom Boom Room

Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy at Peabody Opera House

Pumpkin Patch Express at Union Station

Haunted Heights at 360

Saturday Events:

Urban Shark Group Ride

Downtown Running Tour

Conquer the Cobblestones Cyclocross Race on Lacledes Landing

Rugby World Cup at Tigin Irish Pub

Pumpkin Patch Express at Union Station

Central Cinema at Central Library

Blues vs. Wild at Scottrade Center

Curse of the Cobblestones on Lacledes Landing

Escape the Room on Washington Avenue

Haunted Heights at 360

Halloween Bash at Ballpark Village

Sunday Events:

Keep Rams in Saint Louis Rally on Lacledes Landing

Rams vs. 49ers at Edward Jones Dome

Pumpkin Patch Express at Union Station

http://www.downtownstl.org/featured-events-39/

LAMCAST: NATURE AND THE CITY

LAMCAST: NATURE AND THECITYNovember 17, 2015 by LAM Staff

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Since 2010, the National Capital Planning Commission in Washington, D.C., has played host to a speaker series that touches on a wide range of planning issues. One of itsmost recent lectures was Nature in the City | The City in Nature, featuring Douglas Meffert, the executive director of Audubon Louisiana, and Beth White, the director of the Trust for Public Lands Chicago office, who eachdescribedthe opportunities opened to these two cities byintroducing activeliving infrastructure. For more information, please click here.

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Vola design house sets up in Australia

The Danish bathroom and kitchen fixtures and fittings brand Vola is setting up in Australia for the first time, bringing pieces such as the award-winning 060 round shower head withit.

Danish architect Arne Jacobsen designed the first Vola taps and mixers in 1968. Some of the pieces designed by Jacobsen, including brightly coloured customizable plumbing fittings, form part of theMuseum of Modern Art, New Yorks permanentcollection.

The companys presence in Australia will provide assistance to designers and architects when they are specifyingVolaproducts.

The 060 round shower head, pictured, won theGerman Design Award in2014.

Vola will have representatives in both Melbourne and Sydney. To learn more about the brand, visiten.vola.com/catalog/.


http://architectureau.com/articles/vola-design-house-sets-up-in-australia/

Downtown Street Alert

Several Downtown streets will be impacted this Wednesday and Thursday by the Hungry Turkey 5K Run and the Thanksgiving Day Parade (11/26). See the street closure information below. Plan ahead for an alternative route or added travel time.

Hungry Turkey 5K Run

Thursday at 7:30 am

16th Street and Market

hungry turkey map

Run Route: Runners begin at 16th Street and Market, head east on Market, north on 4th Street, east on Washington Avenue, where runners will cross the Eads Bridge, make a U-turn and head west on the Eads Bridge, continue west on Washington Avenue, south on 4th Street, west on Market, and finish at 16th Street and Market.

Thanksgiving Day Parade

Thursday at 8:45 am

7th Street and Market

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Parade Route: Parade begins at 7th Street and Market and heads west to conclude at 20th Street and Market.

Schedule of Events and Street Closures for the Hungry Turkey 5K Run and Thanksgiving Day Parade:

Wednesday, November 25th

9:00 amParking will not be allowed around Aloe Plaza, across from Union StationParking will not be allowed around Memorial Park from 18th Street to 20th Street6:00 pmWalnut will close from Broadway to 7th Street

Thursday, November 26th

Please note: The best streets to get around the street closures are Washington Avenue to the north, Jefferson to the west, and Chouteau to the south.

12:00 amMarket will close from 17thStreet to 20thStreet6:00 amMarket will close from 4thStreet to 20thStreetChestnut will close from Broadway to 9thStreet4thStreet will close from Market to Washington AvenueBroadway will close from Market to Washington Avenue6thStreet will close from Pine to Chestnut7thStreet will close from Pine to Walnut8thStreet will close from Pine to Clark9thStreet will close from Clark to Chestnut10thStreet will close from Pine to ClarkOne block north and one block south of Market will be closed from 11th Street to 20th Street7:30 am5K run begins8:30 amRun concludes4thStreet will reopen from Pine to Washington Avenue8:45 amParade begins11:00 pmParade concludes12:00 pmAll streets impacted by the Run and Parade will be reopened

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