The Saugus Lincoln Avenue location opens Thanksgiving morning to begin serving 260 full meals to the Greater Lynn Senior Services. Also, 40 other meals go to the Rowley Council on Aging and more are sent to the local fire and police stations in Saugus. One hundred meals are made to go and another 150 meals are served in the restaurant itself.
“They can come down and pick it up to go or they can be waited on, on site,” Quimby said of the Thanksgiving guests. “When they are done, they can go to the bar area, which is stocked with every kind of dessert that they can imagine. They can pick whatever they want.”
As Thanksgiving is a family event, so it is for the Spud’s family. Spaulding’s three teenage boys and 8-year-old daughter are also involved.
“They look forward to it, they like doing some of it,” said Spaulding. “They like to pick their task, I guess I would say. They are more comfortable serving the people in the dining room or making up bags to go than washing the dishes at the end of the day. We’re very lucky, actually. The whole thing wraps up about 1:30 and we are home by 2 o’clock for a regular Thanksgiving dinner and we cook our own turkey at home.”
Like Spaulding, Quimby’s kids have grown up with the tradition.
“It’s all three of them and all their neighborhood friends who come with me, every single (Thanksgiving) morning,” Quimby said of his sons. “Let’s face it, it’s a little bit more fun and it’s not as much work per person as a normal day. Everyone is giving of their own time.”