More families leave the cooking to the pros this Thanksgiving
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Reporter: Marcelino Benito
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Cooking up a Thanksgiving feast isn't for the faint of heart. It's why Richard Kleiman and his family decided to eat out this Thanksgiving. He's just one of 14 million people letting someone else do the cooking.
"It doesn't have to be a huge production at home," Carlen Ross said. "It's a lot easier to just go out to a nice restaurant and have someone cook for you."
Ross is the manager at the Cup Cafe at Hotel Congress. He tells 9OYS the kitchen was busy throughout the night.
"Just wall to wall," said Ross.
Waiters hustled non-stop from noon to seven. Restaurant reservations were sold out most of the afternoon.
"From about Wednesday night to Sunday morning, we are as busy as during the Gem Show," Ross said. "It's just full of people."
And the timing couldn't be better. After a rough road with street car construction, more customers are something to give thanks for this Thanksgiving.
There's a lot more access to Fourth Avenue and the downtown area, it's getting people out here," Ross said.
A special turkey day menu drew in customers Thursday afternoon including desserts that make your mouth water.
"The business just keeps humming along all weekend," Ross said.
It hums along thanks to a team of people at locally owned restaurants across the city that give up their time and their holiday to serve you and your families.
"One of the reasons people like to work on Thanksgiving in this industry is because people are very generous and in a good mood," Ross said. "It's a very lucrative day for our servers."
It's a stress-less holiday for customers that means a big business start to the holiday season.