CHARLOTTE, NC – It’s a tradition for families with nowhere else to go for Thanksgiving, but after nearly 30 years of serving hot meals for the holidays, the Skyland family restaurant will be closed.
“Very disappointed. Very. I love doing it. I love giving back to the community,” said owner Jimmy Kakavitsas.
Since 2007, the South Boulevard restaurant in Charlotte has distributed thousands of free meals every Thanksgiving to give back to the community. This year, that will not happen.
Kakavitsas said he did not have enough help to organize the dinner and that supply chain shortages mean that many food items are in short supply.
“We have a lot of wishes, a lot of people wish us the best. What can I say ? It’s a little depressing not to do it, but it pushes me too hard and I don’t want to start something that I can’t finish, ”he said.
James Helms is an Air Force veteran, and for the past two years, he’s been hosting a Thanksgiving dinner there for himself and his wife. He is disappointed that there is no dinner this year.
“For the past two years she was disabled and I brought food from here. We will be sorely missed, ”Helms said. “He did a great job, and we really enjoyed it. I’m sorry he can’t do it anymore. I wish there was a way to help him.
Dorothy Davis eats there every Sunday and she is sad about the dinner cancellation because she knows what it means for the community.
“There’s this young lady who I know is in a wheelchair, and she comes here every Thanksgiving for her dinner,” she said.
Kakavitsas said he hopes things will get better next year and that he can bring back the tradition.
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