Sometimes life won't wait. Sometimes the best laid plans go to waste. The turkey is black on the outside and icy on the inside, the kids are sick and all you want is a strong cup of coffee. Well, my luckless friend, this list is for you. Here is our comprehensive holiday survival guide, back by popular demand.
Here's where to go if you need:
...A Meal (That You Didn't Cook Yourself)
• Perkin's: Open 24 hours as usual.
• Jensen's: The Burnsville location will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, but the restaurant will be open bright and early on Friday to feed hungry shoppers from 6:30 a.m. onward.
• Pizza Hut will be open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
• TGI Friday's: Open from 6:00 p.m. to midnight on Thursday.
• Roasted Pear: Open Thursday. They will be serving from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Last seating is at 2:45 p.m.
• India Palace: Open from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
• Ernie's Pub & Grill: Open. Thanksgiving Day buffet from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Last seating at 2:15.
• Rainbow: This grocery chain is one of the few that will be open on Thanksgiving Day. Ten locations in the Twin Cities area will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 in the afternoon, the closest being West St. Paul (1660 South Robert Street West). The Rainbows in Eagan, Savage and Apple Valley will be closed.
• Cub Foods: Local stores will close on Thursday at midnight, though the Inver Grove Heights location will remain open. Will re-open at 6:00 a.m. on Friday.
• Valley Natural Foods: Closed on Thursday. Open during regular hours on Friday.
• Buzz Coffee & Cafe: Open on Thursday from 9 a.m. to 12. Friday hours will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
• Jo Jo's Rise & Wine: Closed Thanksgiving Day. Open Friday from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
• Bruegger's, 1601 CR 42 West: Open 6:00 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, 5:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday.
• Panera: Closed Thursday. Open Friday from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
...Personal Care and Minor Medical Attention
• Walgreen's in Burnsville and Savage will be open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Thanksgiving.
• Burnsville's new CVS store will be open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
• MinuteClinic: The Eagan MinuteClinic will be open on Thanksgiving Day from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The clinic is inside the CVS at 4241 Johnny Cake Ridge Road.
• U.S. Post Office: Closed Thursday. Open Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
• UPS: Closed Thursday. Open Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• FedEx: Closed Thursday. Open 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday.
• Target and Walmart will be open Thanksgiving Day. Get the skinny on stores that will be open on Black Friday (or Thursday) here: When Do Burnsville Stores Open on Black Friday?
• Burnsville-Eagan-Savage Schools will be closed both Thursday and Friday.
• Most banks will be closed.