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Pensacola restaurants prepare for Thanksgiving; to-go meals popular because of pandemic

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PENSACOLA, Fla. -- Thanksgiving is typically one of the busiest days of the year for restaurants, but because of the pandemic, Pensacola restaurants are bracing for changes. 

Last year during thanksgiving, Skopelos was bustling. Executive Chef Gus Silivos says it was the restaurant's busiest holiday. 

But now Skopelos has been closed since Hurricane Sally. And like many restaurants not only here in Northwest Florida but across the country, the pandemic is putting a strain on businesses. 

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“Obviously everyone’s business has been affected by this and fortunately we are lucky to be in an area right now where we are not scaling back as much as the other parts of the country is doing,” said Silivos. 

This year, Silivos is relying on a different way of doing business. His other two restaurants Nancy’s Catering and Events and Scenic 90 Cafe will be doing Thanksgiving take out orders.

“This year we have seen probably about 30% more orders that are coming in and they are smaller too and it seems people are gathering in smaller groups,” Silivos said. 

Because of the pandemic, Silivos said people are opting to order food for their Thanksgiving dinner instead of dining in or cooking at home -- especially if they aren’t getting together with the whole extended family and friends.

"They just don’t want to be in the kitchen all day and it’s not the family gathering they have experienced in the past when it’s for two or four or even for six people they feel like it's not worth it to spend all that time," Silivos said. 

They're offering whole turkeys and meals by the plate as well. 

He says the extra business is a big boost and hopes people will think about supporting local restaurants and businesses this holiday season.

“There is no way that businesses can survive without the support,” Silivos said. 

Scenic 90 Cafe and Nancy's will be closed on Thanksgiving day. 

There are several Pensacola restaurants that will be open and offering thanksgiving options. 

Jackson's Steakhouse will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

Fish House will open at 11 a.m. reservations are required. 

Angelena's Ristorante Italiano will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The District will have dine-in service on Thanksgiving day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. They will also be offering Thanksgiving to-go orders must be placed by 2 p.m. November 22. 

South Market will have an All You Can Eat Thanksgiving Brunch from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Five Sisters Blues Cafe will be offering grab and go meals, orders placed for their six-person package will be available for pick up from Monday, November 23 to Wednesday, November 25. The meal will be fully cooked and will include reheating directions. 

Restaurant Iron will have Thanksgiving take-and-bakes sides, orders will be available for pickup on November 24 and November  25.  All orders must be placed by 5 PM Saturday, November 21.

Union Public House will be closed on Thanksgiving day, they will be offering Thanksgiving Take n’ Bake, pick up will be on November 25 and the last day to order will be November 18.

 
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