Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Thanksgiving is one of the busiest days of the year for restaurants around the country and the Lizard's Thicket on Beltline Boulevard had plenty of holiday customers come in for turkey, dressing and more.
Marilyn Washington has been serving at Lizard's Thicket for six years is familiar with the holiday rush.
"Any holiday evening is going to be pretty busy for us because that's where people bring folks in from out of town and everything like that and mainly it's going to be to go orders."
The National Restaurant Association had a recent study which says that 1 out of 10 Americans will eat out on Thanksgiving. Going out to eat seems to be a growing trend as more and more families are traveling and gathering for the holidays and sometimes the last thing you want to do is prepare a big meal.
Bob and Anna Williams started Lizard's Thicket 35 years ago. The family owned restaurant is run by the Williams kids and grandkids. Bob's son Robert has been cooking Turkey's all day but he enjoy's coming to provide some convenience for customers during the holidays.
"It's great," Williams said. "You know we have a lot of regular customers and they depend on us on this holiday so we take joy on getting all this food out and allowing everybody to relax around the dinner table with their families and enjoy life."
Local resident Libba Anderson took advantage of the opportunity to take a break from cooking and eat out with her children and grandchildren thanks to Lizard's Thicket.
"They're all going to be here and Lizard's Thicket is helping me feed them," she said with a laugh.
Customers were also thankful on this special day.
"I'm thankful for LIzard's Thicket for one for being open but I'm thankful for good health and family and friends and just-I do, I feel real grateful," Wanda McMurray of Columbia said.
Eric Gaddis, of Georgetown, came in to grab his to go order for his family gathering and summed up what he was grateful for.
"I am thankful for our benevolent God, this wonderful country and just wonderful people."