Finn’s in Joplin seeing increase in demand for curbside pick up meals for Thanksgiving

Clark says they normally are busy in the days leading up to Thanksgiving and afterwards as Black Friday shoppers stop by to refuel.

JOPLIN, Mo. – Thanksgiving this year will look different for many families, like Mark Hoskins.

“It’s a little unusual this year because I have family all over and they don’t feel like traveling as good as in years past, so we’re going to be a small number compared to what we’ve usually had and I’m going to have it made and bring it in and we probably won’t be going out.”

The days prior to Thanksgiving and after are typically busy times for people to go out, enjoy a meal at a restaurant and get some shopping done, but with the pandemic that is changing.

“Always in the past, it’s sort of been a family tradition to have Thanksgiving and then go out to a movie on Thanksgiving night and we won’t be doing that. And then on the long weekend we’d be going out shopping and going out to eat several times and I think just getting together for a few hours on Thanksgiving day is going to be about it” added Hoskins.

As Thanksgiving gatherings downsize, orders for thanksgiving meals from local restaurants like Finns in Joplin are on the rise.

“We typically close on Thanksgiving day but I always do curbside takeout for holiday meals, turkeys and hams, and the whole nine yards, which we’re going to do again this year, which I have noticed an increase so I think that there’s a lot more people planning on smaller get togethers at home just from what I see coming across and coming through” said Owner and Executive Chef, Mickel Clark.

Clark says they normally are busy in the days leading up to Thanksgiving and afterwards as Black Friday shoppers stop by to refuel.

“We already have the reservation book is filling up the day before and we’re starting to already get reservations for the evening after Thanksgiving when we’re going to be open and of course our brunch is typically busy so it’s exciting to see how the brunch after the holiday looks like​.”

He says their curbside pick-up option is beneficial to not only the customer enjoying a prepared meal, but also the restaurant allowing employees to enjoy the holiday as well.

“The joy that it brings to people’s hearts to know that they still get a home cooked meal and they can do it in a safe way, that’s what it’s all about and I’m thankful for that.”

Finns will be open the day after Thanksgiving for dinner service only.