Some ordering takeout for Thanksgiving to ease holiday stress

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Ordering your Thanksgiving meal from a restaurant may not be traditional, but getting takeout this year could do more than ease your stress. It could be another lifeline for the struggling restaurant industry.

"We don't say no to anything these days," said Kostas Lazanas. He owns "Opa! Greek Taverna" in Rowlett. "I've had people call me, as a Greek restaurant ower, and ask if we could make Southern cornbread dressing. So here I am making cornbread dressing. I never thought I would be doing that for Thanksgiving."

Lazanas is one of hundreds of restaurant owners in Texas trying to survive the pandemic. "Our worlds have been rocked, and it's crazy times again. We thought we were starting to see some light at the end of this tunnel, but the numbers are increasing again. So we're putting our armor back on and gearing up to fight this thing for a second round."

He said he's "incredibly grateful" to have made it this far. "We didn't think we would see April so the fact that we are actually doing catering right now is amazing. I am grateful for the love and support of the community and how everyone came together to save, not only me, but the entire restaurant industry. I'm so glad to see so many of us still making it."

Lazanas' restaurant will be closed on Thursday so his employees can spend the day with their families, but they'll be fulfilling orders until then. You can call (469) 443-0508 or visit oparowlett.com to place an order.