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It's probably wise Chuck's Fish added an hour to its seventh free Thanksgiving feast for 2016, as record crowds pushed inside, from the opening at 11 a.m. until later afternoon.
Chuck's manager Erin Barfield described the early hours as "controlled chaos." The staff, which includes regular Chuck's employees, aided by an army of red-aproned volunteers serving, clearing and helping with preparation, had served roughly 450 or 500 people in the first 90 minutes. The feast added another afternoon hour this year, based on demand from 2015, thus staying open until 4 p.m.
"We're shooting for 1,200 this year; last year we did about 1,000," she said. "It's been kinda continuous, in waves almost. And we did have a line already when we opened."
With about 40 to 50 volunteer servers, some waiting tables for the first time, Barfield set a goal of 20 minutes for each table, but knew she'd have to cut some slack for the new kids.
"They're rolling with the punches, because it's a little fast-paced and crazy," she said.
Though it hasn't yet hit the numbers of the Auburn game at Bryant-Denny Stadium, the Thanksgiving Day feast at Chuck's Fish has grown into one of the Tuscaloosa community's favorite fall treats.
And it's expanding: Afternoon hours go longer this year, so diners can enjoy a meal of turkey, ham, dressing and all the fixings Thursday until 4 p.m., an hour later than 2015.
"Hopefully, this will give us a more consistent flow throughout," said Erin Barfield, manager at Chuck's. "And it'll also give people a bit of a later option."
This will be the seventh year that Chuck's, 508 Greensboro Ave. downtown, serves free food to everyone who comes through the doors. All are invited, and there's absolutely no charge.
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