As other restaurants may give small discounts in large capacities, one establishment in the Detroit area is doing the total opposite.
For the past decade, George’s Senate Coney Island restaurant in Northville, Michigan, has been giving a free all-you-can eat buffet to those those who may not have a family to dine with on Thanksgiving day, ABC News reports.
A passerby saw a sign stuck to the window of the restaurant inviting those spending the holiday alone to come enjoy a free Thanksgiving meal, which includes a traditional hot turkey plate with mashed potatoes, Coney Island hot dogs and dessert.
“George’s Thanksgiving Day Dinner. If anyone is home alone, come eat with us for free! All day,” the sign reads. A photo of the sign has been posted on a Reddit discussion forum as well as the photo-sharing site Imgur, and has now gone viral.
George Dimopoulos, the owner of the restaurant, said the idea was inspired by his own life experiences.
“The reason I do this is because I was alone one time,” he told ABC News. “I remember the good times and bad times.”
The station reported:
George came to the United States at the age of 23 after growing up in Greece. He lived on a farm with seven brothers and sisters, and his parents couldn’t afford to send him to school. He left home at the age of 12 and went to Athens, where he was homeless for a time, and depended on the kindness of others to give him food.
“It makes my heart feel good to do it, and help a little bit,” owner George Dimopoulos, told WILX-TV.
Dimopoulos said dozens of people show up each Thanksgiving to take him up on the offer and that he hopes even more will come by this year.