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New Year’s Day 2020 open restaurants: McDonald’s, KFC, Wendy’s, more

If you’re looking for coffee, a chicken sandwich or want to eat out New Year’s Day, there is a smorgasbord of options.

Unlike Christmas, when many major chains closed, more restaurants are open for the start of 2020.

Most Chick-fil-A restaurants are open from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., the company said in a blog post.

However, for local restaurants, your mileage may vary on how far you’ll have to travel to find an open restaurant.

Half of local restaurants remain open on New Year’s Day, according to an analysis from Womply, a small business software provider. But you will have to be patient.

“With half of restaurants closed, and people itching to get out with their friends and family, your favorite local restaurant may be more busy than usual on New Year’s Day,” said Brad Plothow, Womply vice president of corporate marketing and communications, who suggests checking for adjusted hours.

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Fast-food chains open New Year’s Day

Check with your closest location before heading out. Some restaurant websites do not have updated holiday hours so calling ahead is suggested. The restaurant names below link to websites.


Boston Market

Burger King

Carl’s Jr.



Dairy Queen

Del Taco

Dog Haus

Domino’s Pizza


Jack in the Box

Jimmy John’s

Little Caesars


Panda Express

Panera Bread

Papa John’s Pizza

Pizza Hut



Steak ‘n Shake


Taco Bell


White Castle

Other restaurants open New Year’s

Almost all national chains are open Wednesday but check with your closest location as not all locations will be open. 


Baker’s Square


Buca di Beppo

Buffalo Wild Wings


Chipotle Mexican Grill

Cheesecake Factory

Chart House

Cracker Barrel

Dave & Buster’s


Fleming’s Steakhouse

Fogo de Chão

Hard Rock Cafe


Huddle House


Joe’s Crab Shack

Legal Sea Foods


Macaroni Grill

Main Event

McCormick’s & Schmick’s

Morton’s The Steakhouse

Olive Garden

Paris Baguette

Perkins Restaurant & Bakery

Red Lobster

Ruth Chris’ Steak House



TGI Fridays

TooJay’s Deli

Tony Roma’s

Veggie Grill

Village Inn

Local restaurants open New Year’s

Some locally owned and regional chain restaurants also will be open New Year’s Day and restaurants located in hotels often are open on holidays. Find additional restaurants by searching social media and looking on OpenTable, an online reservation service.