Tonawanda News — Many families that celebrate the Christmas holiday tend to do so with at least one big, home-cooked meal. Whether that meal takes place Christmas Eve, or the holiday proper — or maybe both — differs from family to family.
For others, the big tradition is to go out. Forget dirtying the kitchen and slaving over the stove for a big gathering ... why not let someone else handle the mess and stress?
Most restaurants, if they’re not closed for Christmas Eve, are at least on shorter hours the night before the big day. Almost none are open on the 25th.
But the twin cities are home to a few restaurants that are welcoming guests for dinner on the night of the 24th, and at least one will be celebrating with customers on the big day. For those of you who haven’t made big plans yet, we’ve rounded up a list of some fine-dining options for Christmas Eve dinner.
Crazy Jakes, North Tonawanda
These guys really are crazy because they’re open Christmas Eve and Day.
Bar manager Jimmy Destino said the restaurant will be open regular hours Christmas Eve until at least midnight, perhaps as late as 2 a.m. Christmas Day it opens at 5 p.m. again until at least midnight, perhaps as late as 2 a.m.
Both days will feature full menus and bar specials.
When asked why the restaurant keeps things going on the big holiday, his quick response was “Why not?”
“Most people are done (Christmas Day) by 3 or 4 p.m. with their family,” Destino said, adding that Christmas Eve is a busy night, though they tend to do average business on the 25th.
The restaurant accepts and encourages reservations for the holiday, so the staff knows how to plan for the days.
Marotto’s Restaurant, Kenmore