Triad families ditch traditional Christmas meal for dinner out

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HIGH POINT, N.C. — Driving around on Christmas day can remind you of living in a ghost town.

By night though, some businesses traditionally closed for the holiday can spring to life giving people a bit of a reprieve from their families or give families a way to bond over a drink or a meal.

Ham’s Palladium restaurant opened its doors at 4 p.m. on Friday. It was joined by the Yamato Japanese Restaurant and the movie theater. Even with just those three businesses open the parking lot was nearly full.

The Lockwood family ditched cooking a family meal on Christmas night to grab a meal at Ham’s.

“The bison burger is the best burger they've got here at this restaurant, by far,” said Robert Lockwood.

Lockwood said it wasn’t the burger that prompted them to stop in but by forgoing a home cooked meal they got to spend more time with each other.

“My house is only so big—it’s not the biggest place ever,” said Lockwood. “This gives us more room, a nice environment and my mom doesn't have to cook.”

Robert’s parents made the trip to Greensboro from West Virginia to visit their two sons who share a home together.

“Time is precious when we don't get to see our sons very often,” said Chea Lockwood. “It’s been six months since we've been able to see them and its hard so we want to make the most of that time that we have.”