Local restaurant breaks record for Thanksgiving orders – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

At the height of the pandemic, catering companies came to the rescue, serving meals to families whose traditions were turned upside down. This year, a locally owned restaurant tells us the business is better now that people are back at the dinner table.

Smokey John’s BBQ in Dallas was one of many restaurants in North Texas that came forward when family gatherings were canceled.

So, in the past year, we’ve had small, intimate gatherings,” said co-owner Brent Reeves. “Meals for four, meals for six.”

This year, even with vaccinations and people reuniting, Thanksgiving orders are still ready.

Smokey John’s co-owner Juan Reaves and Brent Reaves said sales are up 40% compared to this time last year.

“We are setting records. We have two size family meals, but we are setting records for small and large family meals,” said Juan Reeves. “We didn’t sell that much over the holidays.”

They have some idea of ​​why catering services continue to be in great demand. Their guess is not scientific, but they think it has something to do with families increasing time together this year.

“Maybe they just want to enjoy this time with their family, so they don’t want to do all the work,” Juan said.

Demand was so high, they stopped online orders for Thanksgiving meals two days earlier than planned.

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