The Globe reports that eating out on Thanksgiving is all the rage this year. Fancy restaurants like L’Espalier, Pigalle, and Meritage are offering expensive multi-course feasts, and reservations are going fast.
Here’s the owner of Pigalle explaining the situation:
To Orfaly, the decision to be open on Thanksgiving, once the bastion of luxury hotels or quaint New England Inns, was an obvious one. “Thanksgiving week is typically not very strong. If I close it’s even weaker,” he said. “We are going to do well.”
Seems perfectly reasonable. Orfaly wants to open his restaurant on Thanksgiving, and people want to eat there. Win-win.
But for those of you who prefer to go the home-cooked route, just be sure to do all of your shopping in advance. Because, in its infinite wisdom, the all-knowing and beneficent state continues to decree that you may not, shall not, and cannot go to a grocery store on Thanksgiving. Indeed, as recently as 2005, grocery store owners with the temerity to open their doors on Turkey Day found themselves threatened with criminal charges, and on Thanksgiving Day 2006, police descended on a rogue Quincy supermarket and shut it down.
This is an absurd state of affairs, isn’t it? Restaurant-goers are free to indulge their passions on Thanksgiving Day, but home-cookers can’t zip out for the extra can of cranberry sauce necessitated by the last-minute inclusion of Auntie Flo in the day’s festivities?
It’s high time we got rid of these absurd and unfair relics of the Puritan era. Strike a blow for freedom – repeal the blue laws.