While many families set their tables for Thanksgiving, some chose to eat their meal in a restaurant. This year-- the National Restaurant Association estimates that 14 million Americans will dined out for Thanksgiving. The study also shows that 16 million Americans will order take-out to supplement their Thanksgiving feast.
Brenda Hobgood and her family are from Georgia and visiting family in Bay County. They've chosen to eat at the boatyard the last four years.
"We used to cook, but since they have a place in Florida now, we come down here and rather than cook, it's much easier to go out and eat." Hobgood said.
Brenda is a part of a growing trend in America. A month before Thanksgiving, the Boatyard began taking reservations for their family-style feast and were completely booked days before.
"Last year there were only about 1000 reservations and today, we have 1500. That right there tells you that there's a lot more people that are interested in that kind of thing." Lisa Clark said.
The boatyard thought of every detail to make this feast feel like home. From the table setting to the menu items; they even carved the home-made turkey right at your table.
Chef Tavormina says, "We started doing these turkeys Sunday morning at 5 am and off we go."
Making it the place to start new traditions and the place to rekindle old ones. "I'm thankful to be here with new friends, I think we're going to be friends for a long time. I miss my family but they'll join me tonight. We're all fortunate to have our families with us." Will Hutcherson said.