Connie’s Family Restaurant

Connie’s Family Restaurant will host Thanksgiving dinner this year.

Connie’s Family Restaurant in Cedaredge is once again hosting its traditional Thanksgiving dinner this Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, from noon-3 p.m. Dinner is at the restaurant, located at 415 S Grand Mesa Dr., Cedaredge.

The meal is free to the public, but the restaurant is accepting monetary donations on a voluntary basis to offset the costs. Community members wishing to donate can give money during the restaurant’s business hours, 7 a.m.-2 p.m. every day except Tuesdays.

Connie's Restaurant

The crew at Connie’s Family Restaurant in Cedaredge gets ready to serve a free Thanksgiving Day meal to a hungry crowd of Surface Creek diners. Pictured in the white apron is Connie Freeman, the restaurant’s namesake. At left are her son-in-law David Rogers and his children David and Kaylee. At right is Connie’s daughter Melissa Norton. Photo from a previous year.

As a tradition, Connie’s Thanksgiving dinner is prepared and served by Connie Freeman, restaurant owner and namesake, and her family, but not regularly paid staff.

Last year, as COVID-19 cases rose and reinvigorated harsher restaurant restrictions around the holidays, Connie’s still provided free dinner, but it was take-out only.

The event will be back on-site this year as either a buffet or regular dine-in, Freeman said on Monday. The determination had not been made at that time.

The three-hour meal time will be a come-and-go event. No reservations are required.

Questions regarding the Thanksgiving dinner can be directed to Connie’s Family Restaurant at 970-856-3566.

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