While most prefer cooking at home, others dine out on Thanksgiving

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Whether it’s tradition to eat out or to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with extended family.

Not everyone likes to cook…and around the holiday season, there could be added pressure to have everything just right. But for some families.. dining out is a family tradition.

“It’s a tradition in our family for four generations to come to eat dinner here and a lot of holidays here at The Fort. We enjoy it, we like supporting our local business,” said John Sampson of Springfield.

Andy Yee of Student Print and The Fort told 22News, “The Fort has been here for 84 years and it’s been a landmark not only to Springfield but a landmark to New England. It brings the community together and to witness a lot of families here together today really is heartwarming.”

At The Fort, they offer a classic turkey dinner with all of the traditional New England fixings. One waiter, who’s worked at the restaurant for 24 years, told 22News, Thanksgiving Day is a very busy day at The Fort.

“Since I’ve been here so long, most of my customers today are repeat customers,” said Jeff Culy. “I’ve gotten to know them over the years through birthdays and funerals, and Christmas parties and holidays, so Thanksgiving it’s my extended family.”

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