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Dec 29, 2020
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If you're looking to grab a bite to eat or a cup of coffee on New Year's Eve or New Year's Day, there are many options.

Unlike Christmas, when many major chains closed, more restaurants will be open to bid 2020 a farewell and welcome in 2021.

Expect to find many restaurants operating with special hours Thursday and Friday.

Most Chick-fil-A restaurants close at 6 p.m. both Thursday and Friday, the chicken chain said in a blog post, noting hours can vary by location.

For local restaurants, how far you'll have to travel to find an open restaurant will also vary.

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Only 52% of local restaurants were open on New Year's Day 2019, according to an analysis by small business software provider Womply.

Even fewer restaurants will be open this year. With coronavirus cases surging, Womply found 28% of restaurants nationwide were closed as of Dec. 1.

Justin Davies, Womply marketing manager, said with many restaurants closed and COVID-19 restrictions varying nationwide, it's important to check hours and dine-in policies in advance for both Thursday and Friday.

"With the support of consumers, New Year's Eve could give local restaurants the boost they need to start to pull out of the slump they've seen throughout 2020," Davies said.


Fast-food chains open New Year's Day
The following restaurant chains have select locations open in some capacity. Some dining rooms may be closed, and many may be offering a more limited menu or only takeout and delivery.

Check with your closest location before heading out as not all locations are open. Some restaurant websites do not have updated holiday hours, so call ahead.

Arby's
Boston Market
Burger King
Carl's Jr.
Checkers
Chick-fil-A
Dairy Queen
Del Taco
Dunkin'
Hardee's
Firehouse Subs
Jack in the Box
Jimmy John's
KFC
Krispy Kreme
Little Caesars
McDonald's
Panda Express
Panera Bread
PDQ
Pollo Tropical
Popeyes
Shake ShackSonic Drive-In
Starbucks
Steak 'n Shake
Subway
Taco Bell
Wendy's
White Castle
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More restaurants open New Year's Day
Almost all national chains are open Friday, but check with your closest location as not all locations will be and hours will vary. Some restaurant websites do not have updated holiday hours, so calling ahead is suggested.

Applebee's
Benihana
BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse
Black Bear Diner
Bonefish Grill
Buca di Beppo
Buffalo Wild Wings
Carrabba’s Italian Grill
Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen
Chili's Grill & Bar
Chipotle Mexican Grill
Cheesecake Factory
Cracker Barrel
D'Angelo Grilled Sandwiches
Denny's
Domino's
Fazoli's
Fleming's Steakhouse
Hooters
Huddle House
Hungry Howie's
IHOP
Juice It Up!
Ledo Pizza
Macaroni Grill
Maggiano's Little Italy
Metro Diner
Miller’s Ale House
Morton's The Steakhouse
Mountain Mike's Pizza
Noodles & Company
Olive Garden
On The Border
Papa Gino's
Papa John's Pizza
Perkins Restaurant & Bakery
P.F. Chang's
Pizza Hut
Portillo's
Red Lobster
Ruth Chris' Steak House
Shoney's
Texas Roadhouse
TGI Fridays
Torchy's Tacos
Village Inn
Waffle House
Yard House

Local restaurants open New Year's
Many locally owned and regional chain restaurants also will be open New Year's Eve and New Year’s Day and restaurants located in hotels often are open on holidays. Find additional restaurants by searching social media and looking on OpenTable, an online reservation service.

Get it delivered
Delivery services including Postmates, Grubhub, UberEats and DoorDash will be delivering food orders New Year's Day for participating local and national restaurants. Check the apps or websites to find available options.


Krispy Kreme four-day doughnut deal
Krispy Kreme is ringing in 2021 with a sweet doughnut deal dubbed "Four Days of Glaze."

Starting New Year's Eve and continuing through Sunday, Jan. 3, get two Original Glazed dozens for $12.

“As we reflect on 2020 and turn the page to 2021, we wanted to extend one more warm sign of appreciation to all those who have helped make this year as sweet as possible,” Dave Skena, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts chief marketing officer, said in a statement to USA TODAY, calling the promotion the company’s best offer.


The deal will be available through pickup, drive-thru and in shop at participating Krispy Kreme locations across the U.S. The chain says consumers can purchase up to two per day.
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