Sleigh bells ring. Are you listening? Wait. WAIT. Those aren't sleigh bells – that's the smoke detector and your prized Christmas goose is charbroiled.
OK, maybe that's not how the Christmas dinner story goes. But whether you need a last-minute spot to enjoy a holiday meal or would like to skip the work (and cleaning), local restaurants are making spirits bright (and bellies full) this season.
• Copper Spoon, 301 W. Jefferson Blvd., will host two brunches over the holidays. A family-friendly holiday brunch will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 22. Groups with minors must make reservations; call 755-1019. While the restaurant will be closed Dec. 23 through Dec. 25, the Miracle on Jefferson pop-up bar will have slightly modified hours. Miracle, which is at the Sidecar, adjacent to Copper Spoon, will close on Christmas Eve and reopen Christmas Day.
• Waynedale Cafe, 5100 Bluffton Road, will be open 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
• Sapporo Steakhouse, 6150 Lima Road, will be open from noon to 9 p.m. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Reservations are recommended; call 739-6064.
• Wu's Fine Chinese Cuisine, 4411 Coldwater Road, will be open 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
• Ruth's Chris, 224 W. Wayne St., will be open from 3 to 9 p.m. Christmas Eve and 3 to 8 p.m. Christmas Day. A three-course holiday meal will be available, starting at $45.95.
• IHOP locations will be open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day,
For some restaurants that have announced they are building a location in the city, the wait seems longer than you expected. Or, at least wanted. Here are several updates:
Fans of Popeye's chicken might see the Lima Road location open before the calendar says 2020. A representative for the restaurant said current information “is that it is projected to open by the end of the year.”
Joella's Hot Chicken, a Louisville-based fast-causal concept, is slated to open in spring 2020. The location will occupy the former Bob Evans at Jefferson Pointe. Joella's Hot Chicken menu features southern fare, including hot chicken plates, sandwiches, macaroni and cheese and potato salad.
Mission BBQ, which was created by former executives at Under Armour and Outback Steakhouse, is building on a spot along on Coliseum Boulevard West. The fast-casual restaurant is expected to open in January. The menu features brisket, pulled pork and pulled chicken among other barbecue favorites.
Dawson's Dogs, 3213 St. Joe Center Road, will close up shop Sunday.
The stand serves up traditional coneys and dogs, using a 60-year-old recipe for its sauce.
The sauce will be available by the quart for $25. Quantities are limited.
In a social media post, which was greeted with disappointment, brothers Clint and Chance Davis left open the possibility that the stand could reopen down the road.
The Davis brothers opened the stand in January, following in their family's footsteps. Their parents owned Dawson's Famous Coney Dogs on Lima Road. The family had purchased the sauce recipe from the Dawson family, who operated the original stand at East Rudisill and South Anthony boulevards.
Casa Restaurants have rolled out their new seasonal menu, featuring new takes on the popular cauliflower crust pizza and a holiday-inspired dessert.
The Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza features a cauliflower pizza crust, chicken, bacon, ranch, green onion and cheese. The holiday knots are tossed in cinnamon sugar and honey, and they are served with a sweet ricotta dipping sauce.
Other dishes include a blackened shrimp rigatoni and Pollo Santa Lucia, which features a chicken breast with Romano crust. It's topped with mozzarella cheese, spinach and tomatoes.
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