Circle M Crawfish prepares to feed 500 or more on Thanksgiving Day
By Kate Kirby
The first question we heard from folks when Richie’s Grill burned in late September was, “What about the free thanksgiving meal?” So many of our greater Big Sandy & Hawkins Community depend on Richie’s for regular meals, not to mention their annual Thanksgiving meal benefit.
But last year, Circle M Crawfish in Big Sandy started a free meal charity event on Thanksgiving day, and this year, they have really stepped up to meet the needs of this community. Parish started the tradition at his Mineola location and continued in Big Sandy once settled here at Circle M.
With Richie’s closed, Circle M becomes the only location with a free thanksgiving meal in our immediate area this year.
The restaurant has been taking orders for Cajun fried turkeys, which helps pay for the free thanksgiving lunch. “Our goal is 150 turkeys, all profit will be used to pay for a free thanksgiving meal for the public at 11 a.m. thanksgiving Day,” said owner Luke Parish on a Facebook post dated Nov. 13th, in which he also started they had 80 pre-sold. As of Nov 19, they were sold out and planning to fry 170 turkeys.
Volunteer and donate food for the event has been carefully coordinated through social media and on a site called mealtrain.com. Under the Circle M thanksgiving event, you read posts like, “Jacobs grandmother is bringing 16 pies” and “I can help prep until 1pm” or “I can clean tables.” The posts allow people to witness the community coming together for this important tradition.
Thanksgiving day, the bar will be open for customers to watch the football games. The restaurant will be closed to serve the free thanksgiving lunch to the public.
Owner, Luke Parish, has made many improvements to the facility since taking ownership last year. The indoor restrooms are clean and convenient. A drive through makes it easy to pick up food and beverage for any occasion. The outdoor area is great for feasting and listening to great music in mild weather. The indoor stage is a favorite place to catch great entertainment on the weekends. An the pool tables and game areas help patrons make the most of a night out in East Texas. Catering is available as well.
Visit Circle M Crawfish, located at 14449 TX-155 Big Sandy TX 75755.