These restaurants are open on New Year’s Day 2022

December 31, 2021, 6:30 PM UTC

We get it. It’s been an exhausting week. Heck, it’s been an exhausting year. So the thought of planning and preparing another holiday meal has very little appeal, even for the most enthusiastic of chefs.

Here’s the good news: Most major restaurants don’t take the day off. While smaller neighborhood stores might celebrate the holiday, it’s easy to find a chain restaurant that’s open—assuming the Omicron variant hasn’t engulfed your community and the store managers have a sufficient number of employees willing to come in.

As with every business on a holiday, hours may vary, and some franchises might not follow the corporate mandates, so it’s always a good idea to call first. But here are a few places you can visit to avoid another day of cooking.

Restaurants open on New Year’s Day 2020

Boston Market

Buca di Beppo

Buffalo Wild Wings

Chart House

The Cheesecake Factory


Country Buffet

Cracker Barrel


Dunkin’ Donuts

Fleming’s Steakhouse

Fogo de Chão

Huddle House



Legal Sea Foods

Marie Callender’s

McCormick & Schmick’s


Morton’s the Steakhouse

Old Country Buffet

Olive Garden

Panera Bread

Perkins Restaurant & Bakery

Pizza Hut

Romano’s Macaroni Grill

Ruth’s Chris Steak House


Smith & Wollensky


Taco Bell

Waffle House

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