Many families prepare a meal to enjoy on Christmas day but in Acadiana, there are several alternatives to traditional holiday cuisine.
Tony Lu, Owner of Royal Panda Chinese Buffet has kept the doors of his business open on Christmas for ten years. He says he enjoys serving his customers during the holidays because “people are in a good mood, in good spirits.”
Over at Piccadilly Cafeteria on Arnould Boulevard, employees like Sandra Bess volunteer to work on Christmas.
She says “there’s a lot of families that are in Lafayette that don’t cook there’s individuals that maybe their family is out of town so we’re open for them they can come and have a good hot meal and like I said come and enjoy the fun with us.”
For people like Brenda Briggs whose children have families of their own now, dining out is one way to celebrate Christmas.
“Our children are going in different directions north Louisiana and some to Youngsville and so we’re meeting my sister and her husband today to celebrate Christmas together.”
With all the planning and preparation that comes with the holidays enjoying a meal at a restaurant is convenient for Denise Breaux who says she had lunch with her daughter “so that we wouldn’t have a mess this morning.”
Whatever reason people chose to dine out on Christmas, many restaurant employees are more than happy to serve them.
Bess says “We want to be able to serve the public and have a good time.”
Piccadilly Cafeteria was open from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. while Royal Panda served customers from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.