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Lawrenceville restaurant becomes holiday tradition

Only restaurant open on Thanksgiving in the downtown district gains local following.

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. — The only restaurant you'll find open in the historic district of Lawrenceville is a tavern known for burgers and beer, but to many locals, they have become known for their turkey day tradition.

For the past four years, McCray's Tavern has been serving a special Thanksgiving buffet on the last Thursday of November. And according to restaurant staff, the restaurant has been fully booked for the past four years.

McCray's Tavern began staying open for the holiday to cater to those that like to eat more than they like to cook. The event has become even more popular, because of the tavern's close proximity to the annual tree lighting ceremony at the city's courthouse. 

Journey Stanfield, a server and bartender with McCrays, says they even are making holiday cocktails this year that guests can take to go, "we are doing a spiked egg nog cocktail and a hot chocolate with Irish whiskey...both great cocktails to keep you warm as you head on over to the courthouse for the tree lighting."

Stanfield says that each year, they are fully booked or close to it, "we've got families that have made us their holiday tradition and have to have a reservation at a specific table."

The restaurant has booked a little over 200 reservations so far, but are able to take a max of 275. You can learn how to book your reservation and see the Thanksgiving menu here.

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