GREENSBORO, N.C. -- For the past two days, Retha Spates has been washing and chopping vegetables for one of her restaurant's most popular dishes — dressing.
It's a side dish she and her husband Robert will be making a lot of along with other Thanksgiving staples like macaroni and cheese, collard greens, yams and potato salad.
The Spates own Ro-Rees Catering Restaurant on Randleman Road where not only will dozens of catering orders will be going out but dozens of people will be coming in.
The couple didn't plan on being open for Thanksgiving but changed their minds after customers -- who aren't cooking this year -- begged them to stay open.
"People work a lot of hours these days and say 'When I get home, I don't feel like cooking,’" Robert said.
Ruth’s Chris Steak House says they'll be busy too.
The restaurant expects to serve at least 400 people on Thanksgiving -- a number general manager Andrew Cope says grows every year.
"Getting out and having someone else take care of that for them and not having to worry about it has been a big relief in bringing families together," Cope said.
It’s a trend making Thanksgiving one of the busiest days at most major chain restaurants.
Boston Market and Cracker Barrel will be open during regular business hours.
Twenty-four hour restaurant Waffle House will also be open.
It’s a meal the Spates say is about much more than just food.
"We're trying to put that together, make it real special for everybody," Robert said.