Wichita restaurants busy with Thanksgiving preparations

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) – Some Wichita-area restaurants are preparing Thanksgiving meals, providing a convenient option for families who don’t have time to deal with shopping, cooking or cleaning. Depending on Thanksgiving plans and the size of the party, taking the meal from a restaurant could also be a cost saver.

Spear’s Restaurant & Pie Shop on the west side of Wichita at 4323 W Maple makes Thanksgiving meal kits. Owner Dan Crandall and his staff have been busy with take-out orders and restaurant meals. They also make thousands of pies.

“We’ll be making about 4,000 pies this week, so not bad,” Crandall said.

For some, Spear’s $89 Thanksgiving feast that serves six to eight people, or a similar offering from another restaurant is the best option this year.

“My mom, she normally does the cooking, but she admitted she couldn’t do it this year, so I decided to treat her,” Spear’s client Pamela Hupp said.

Spear’s client Karen Hudson said the Thanksgiving meal kit also makes economic sense this year.

“You can’t beat the price. You go to the grocery store and the prices are so expensive. It’s a lot less than if I was going to bring it all in and make it myself with the cleaning and the works. So I’m a happy camper,” Hudson said.

Across town, at Stroud’s near North 37th Street and Hillside, general manager Kevin Allis is roasting dozens of turkeys that are expected to serve 1,000 Thanksgiving meals.

“During COVID, we found we could serve a lot more people just to take out, and it’s been a big hit for the past two years,” Allis said.

Both restaurateurs said the shortage of turkeys caused them to buy and store turkeys earlier than usual this year.

“Availability is the hardest thing. It’s sometimes very difficult to get these products, especially turkey this year,” Crandall said. “You order the product, but you never know until the truck arrives. This is the difficulty.

Richard Dement

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