On the night before Thanksgiving, no one wants to cook, especially if they are cooking a meal the next day. That makes the Wednesday before Thanksgiving a busy night for restaurants and bars.
Inside Mama’s Pizza, the dough, sauce and toppings were piling up Wednesday night.
“Every year it's like this, people come in from out of town, want to get out with their friends and family. No cooking allowed,” said manager Bob Maguire. “A lot of it's tradition, a lot of families come back every year because it's tradition.”
Tradition is why Matt Lathrop and his friends and family gather here every year.
“Back then it was because we didn't know how to cook and then we all got married and we decided we didn't want to cook,” said Lathrop.
On a night where they expect a high number of people, they add staff in the kitchen and stock up on the dough. In fact they made 10 tubs of dough Tuesday to prepare for the event. Each tub weighed 70 pounds each.
“We'll probably do enough business to make up 50-60 percent for what we will lose Thursday,” said Maguire.
Speaking of business, Lathrop’s group plans to continue making their Wednesday before Thanksgiving pizza a tradition for years to come.
“We've been down here in snow storms. There was a really bad ice storm a couple of years ago. We all drive down from all parts of the city,” said Lathrop.
Mama’s said they expected to sell at least 200 pizzas Wednesday night. But it’s not their busiest night of the year. They say that happens to be Super Bowl Sunday. Husker football games are also busy days for them, so they expect to be busy the day after Thanksgiving too.
Bars have a similar story. Their busiest night of the year tends to be New Years Eve.