ST. PETERSBURG, FL — The coronavirus crisis is prompting many Americans to skip large, family-filled holiday celebrations this year. As some choose to alter their Christmas traditions, others might be opting to let someone else take care of the festivities entirely.
Among these are cooking, and if that’s the route you’re going this Christmas, we certainly wouldn’t blame you. Luckily, there are several local and chain restaurants in St. Petersburg planning to be open on Christmas Day.
In case you need a recommendation of where to eat out on Christmas, Patch compiled a roundup of local and national restaurants slated to be open that day.
An important note: As the number of daily coronavirus cases continues to surge, states each day are imposing new restrictions on businesses. Business hours can also vary by location. Patch encourages you to call any restaurant on this list in advance to double-check hours on Christmas Day.
Here are the local restaurants planning to be open:
Cassis, 170 Beach Drive, St. Petersburg, Open Christmas Eve; closed Christmas Day
2nd & Second, 201 2nd Avenue N., St. Petersburg, 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Christmas Day; 11 p.m. to 4 p.m. Christmas Day until Dec. 26
Tap Room at the Hollander, 421 4th Avenue N, St. Petersburg, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Christmas Day
Metro Diner, 5250 4th St. N, St. Petersburg, Open until 2:30 p.m. Christmas Eve; closed Christmas Day
Also, here are the chain restaurants expected to be open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, according to a list compiled by Food & Wine magazine.
Applebee’s: 2901 66th St. N, St. Petersburg
Bonefish Grill: Open Christmas Eve; closed Christmas Day. 5062 4th Street N, St. Petersburg
Boston Market: 9595 4th Street N, St. Petersburg
Buffalo Wild Wings: 2938 Tyrone Blvd N, St. Petersburg
Carrabba's Italian Grill: Open Christmas Eve; closed Christmas Day. 1951 4th Street N, St. Petersburg
Chili's Grill & Bar: Open Christmas Eve; closed Christmas Day. 2200 66th St. N, St. Petersburg
Cracker Barrel: Open Christmas Eve until 2 p.m.; closed Christmas Day. 2151 54th Ave. N, St. Petersburg
Denny’s: 4999 34th St N, St. Petersburg
Domino’s: 6511 4th St. N, St. Petersburg
Dunkin’: 1046 4th St. N, St. Petersburg
IHOP: 4199 34th St. S, St. Petersburg
McDonald’s: 1661 4th St. S, St. Petersburg
Outback Steakhouse: Open Christmas Eve until 8 p.m.; closed Christmas Day. 1900 4th St. N, St. Petersburg
Ruth's Chris Steakhouse: 131 2nd Avenue N, St. Petersburg, open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Christmas Day
Starbucks: 900 4th St. N, St. Petersburg
Village Inn: 10155 Bay Pines Blvd, St. Petersburg
Waffle House: 2525 54th Ave N, St. Petersburg
Again, hours can vary by location. Always call ahead to make sure your local restaurant of choice is open Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.