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Some say 'no thanks' to Thanksgiving dinner at home

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Nothing says Thanksgiving like a big bird surrounded by all the trimmings. It's tradition for most to gobble it all up at home with family.

But it's also a lot of work.

"My mom didn't want to cook," Graciela Coletti said.

The Coletti family is bucking the turkey tradition. They were among the packed house at the Columbia in Ybor City today.

"You don't have to waste a whole bunch of time doing dishes afterward. You can do other things," she said.

The Columbia was one of a number of restaurants open this Thanksgiving that was offering a traditional meal, away from the traditional setting.

"What was better? Mom's cooking or the Columbia...the Columbia," she joked.

"We love it. The busier it is, the better," said Mike Denunzio, general manager at the Village Inn on Dale Mabry near Kennedy.

Upwards of 800 guests stopped by there for a holiday meal, including Tom Wolfe.

"We ate here because this is our favorite spot. I've eaten here for 50 years," Wolfe said.

He likes the convenience, the comfort and the crowd.

"A fun way to do it at Village Inn," he said. "It is almost like having a big family, so if you're not with them, you might as well be working around people you consider pretty close," Denunzio said.

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