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Here is our limited list of restaurants that have informed us if and when they'll open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The information comes from restaurateurs, is not intended to endorse any institution or be in any way comprehensive. We haven't seen anything yet from the big hotels that usually offer Christmas brunch buffets; other restaurants, particularly Asian restaurants, could be open. Reservations are almost always a good idea and we've supplied phone numbers where they're available.

• Chi's Chinese Cuisine, 17200 Chenal Parkway, open normal hours (11 a.m.-9 p.m.) Christmas Eve and will be serving dim sum and a limited menu 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Christmas Day. (501) 821-8000

• Chi's Asian Cafe, 3421 Old Cantrell Road, Little Rock, open normal hours (11 a.m.-9 p.m.) Christmas Eve. (501) 916-9973

• Denny's, 310 S. Shackleford Road, Little Rock, serving 24/7/365 -- including Christmas. (501) 224-8264.

• Forbidden Garden, 14810 Cantrell Road, Little Rock, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. (501) 868-8149

• Kobe Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi, 11401 Financial Center Parkway, opens at 4 p.m. Christmas. (501) 225-5999

• La Madeleine, 12210 W. Markham St., Little Rock, 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Christmas Eve. (501) 221-7777

• Lulu's Crab Boil, 5911 R St., Little Rock, normal hours (11 a.m.-3 p.m., 5-9 p.m.) Christmas Eve. (501) 663-2388

• Prospect Bar & Grill, 5501 Kavanaugh Blvd. Little Rock, normal hours (3-11 p.m.) Christmas Eve. (501) 603-0080

• Sushi Cafe, 5823 Kavanaugh Blvd, Little Rock, normal hours (11 a.m.-2 p.m., 5-9:30 p.m.) Christmas Eve. (501) 663-9888

• Sushi Cafe West, 11211 Cantrell Road, Little Rock, normal hours (11 a.m.--2 p.m., 5-9:30 p.m.) Christmas Eve. (501) 954-7866

And our friends at have once again rounded up a list of chains with outlets open Christmas Eve and Day -- no guarantee, however, that any particular outlet will be serving, so it'd be a good idea to check hours and/or make reservations.

• Some Dunkin' locations will be open Christmas Day, but many will be closing early (generally 1 p.m.). Many locations will also be closing early on Christmas Eve, as well.

• Many IHOP locations, especially the ones open 24 hours, but hours could vary by location. Check out this year's seasonal Grinch menu.

• McDonald's: Hours (and whether they're open at all) vary widely by franchise, so call ahead and expect hours to be reduced for locations that are open. (Locations inside Walmarts will definitely be closed, as Walmart is closed on Christmas.)

• Starbucks: some locations stay open for limited hours on Christmas. (Skip the locations inside Target and other retail outlets that are closed Christmas Day.)

• Waffle House. Open 24/7/365, including Christmas.

CORRECTION: Arthur's Prime Steakhouse and Ocean's at Arthur's are not open on Christmas Day. An earlier version of this story listed incorrect information.


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  • Arkie2017
    December 24, 2018 at 12:38 p.m.

    I personally would NOT do any business with any restaurant that denies it's employees a day off for Christmas regardless of whether or not the owners celebrate it, such as with Chinese restaurants.

  • jrhpfmsncom
    December 24, 2018 at 1:32 p.m.

    Would you go to a hospital that’s open 24/7 365? Their employees don’t always get every holiday off.
    In addition, some people work for many reasons including financial.
    I will be grateful that some are willing to give up theirs holiday.

  • ObieOne
    December 24, 2018 at 4:19 p.m.

    My dad retired from the Gazette. Never got off a Christmas Eve and always worked afternoon shifts on Christmas. Can’t say I’ve met an employer that Requires you to work but if you miss you might not get paid. But my dad got like double time and a half to work andneededthe$

  • obbie
    December 24, 2018 at 5:15 p.m.

    Some Grinches could leave a large tip for Christmas Day service. That would help soften the blow of being open. Let's see how many out in Comment Land follow up with this thought for Christmas. Synonym: Generous, huge, magnanimous, etc.

  • Frank9999
    December 26, 2018 at 2:25 p.m.

    I had dinner out last night. I left a tip that was a little over 50 percent of the bill to show my appreciation for the server working on Christmas Day. I'll bet plenty of people would gladly work for tips like that.