Options for COVID-impacted families and others wary of gathering

By Melanie Jongsma and Jennifer Yos

LANSING, Ill. (December 22, 2021) – As COVID forces last-minute changes in plans for family gatherings, The Lansing Journal is re-releasing this guide to Lansing restaurants and their hours for the upcoming holidays.

The information below was gathered by reporter Jennifer Yos, who called each of the nearly 70 eateries located in Lansing. “I have to say,” Yos reported, “the biggest challenge was talking to the right people, people who would be in-the-know during a very busy time.” In cases where she wasn’t confident in the information received over the phone, Yos visited the restaurants personally to get verifications or corrections.

The list below includes the best information we have at this time, though as with all things COVID, information is subject to change. Some businesses could not be reached for information, and others mentioned hours may be subject to change if business traffic is slow on a particular holiday. Owners of the establishments listed below may email [email protected] with updates as needed.

The guide below provides an alphabetized listing of local eateries, grouped into each of four upcoming holidays — Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day — with their hours of operation on that day. For best results, phone ahead.

Christmas Eve

  • Ace Pizza: 10am-10pm
  • Beggar’s Pizza: 11am-9pm
  • Bottoms Up Bar And Grill: Kitchen 11am-5pm; Bar 11am-11pm
  • Boz Hot Dogs: 10:30am-3pm
  • Buffalo Wild Wings: 11am-8pm
  • Burger King 16791 Torrence: 7am-7pm
  • Burger King 18156 Torrence: 6am-7pm
  • Calumet Bakery: 6am-4pm
  • Champions II BBQ: 11am-8pm
  • Checkers: 10am-4:30
  • Culver’s: 10am-3pm
  • Diana’s Mexican Bakery: 5am-5pm
  • Difference African Catering & Groceries: 5am-5pm
  • Dixie Kitchen & Bait Shop: Closed
  • Domino’s Pizza: 9am-7pm (subject to change)
  • Dunkin Donuts 17050 Torrence: 5am-1pm
  • Dunkin Donuts/Baskin Robbins 17733 Torrence: 5am-10pm
  • Edible Arrangements: 8am-4pm
  • El Burrito Express: 10am-4pm (maybe 3pm)
  • El Mariachi II: 11am-6 or 7pm, or earlier
  • Fisherman’s Island: 10am-6pm
  • Gayety’s Chocolates & Ice Cream: 10am-6pm
  • Golden Bear Pancake & Crepery: 6am-3pm
  • Harold’s Chicken: 11am-6pm
  • Hooters: 11am-5pm
  • IHOP: 24 hours
  • J’s Peapod (north and south locations): 10:30am-9pm
  • j&j Fish & Chicken: 12pm Noon-8pm
  • Jack’s Sports Pub & Eatery: TBA
  • JJ Kelley’s: 11:00am-6pm
  • Johnny K’s Patio: 10am-midnight
  • Kasey’s Restaurant: 3pm-6pm
  • Kdulche Cafe: 7am-1pm only
  • Kenny’s Ribs & Chicken: 11am-10pm
  • Kilroy’s: 11am-5pm (last call 4pm)
  • La Rosita De Michoacana: Open (hours TBD)
  • Liang’s Garden Restaurant: 11am-9:30pm
  • Lily China Chef: 11am-10pm
  • Lynnie Ques: Dining 11am-3pm; bar 11am-9pm
  • Mancino’s of Lansing: Closed
  • McDonald’s: 24 hours
  • Olive Garden: 11am-8pm
  • Ooowee Chicken & Ribs: 11am-7pm
  • Outriggers Steak & Seafood: 3pm-11pm (closing subject to change)
  • Popeye’s Chicken: 10am-2am
  • Pour On Roy: Closed
  • rico’s Pizza: Closed
  • Ron’s Reels & Cafe: 8am-8pm
  • Round The Clock: Closed for remodeling
  • S.L. Wine Bar: Closed
  • Shark’s Fish & Chicken (Torrence): 10am-2am (closing subject to change)
  • Shark’s Fish & Chicken (Burnham): 10am-11pm
  • Stephano’s Pizzeria: 10:30am-7pm
  • Subway Fresh Forward 17050 Torrence: 8am-7pm
  • Subway 17749 Torrence: 8am-4pm
  • Subway 3513 Ridge: 9am-4pm
  • Sunrise Health Foods: 9am-4pm
  • Tacos & Burritos Rancho Grande: 11am-5pm
  • Taqueria La Soga: 9am-12pm
  • Three Roosters: TBA
  • Waldo Cooney’s Pizza: 11am-9pm
  • Wendy’s: 6:30am-6pm
  • Wingstop: TBA

Christmas Day

  • Burger King 18156 Torrence: 8am-4pm (closing subject to change)
  • Difference African Catering & Groceries: 10am-12noon
  • Domino’s Pizza: 9am-1am (subject to change)
  • Fisherman’s Island: 10am-6pm
  • Golden Bear Pancake & Crepery: 6am-12noon
  • IHOP: 24 hours
  • j&j Fish & Chicken: 12noon-8pm
  • Kenny’s Ribs & Chicken: 10am-6pm
  • La Rosita De Michoacana: Open (hours TBD)
  • Liang’s Garden Restaurant: 11am-9:30pm
  • Lily China Chef: 11am-10pm
  • Lynnie Ques: Open For catering pick-ups only by 12 noon
  • McDonald’s: 24 hours
  • Popeyes Chicken: 10am-10pm
  • Shark’s Fish & Chicken (Torrence): 10am-2am (closing subject to change)
  • Shark’s Fish & Chicken (Burnham): 10am-11pm
  • Waldo Cooney’s Pizza: 12pm-9pm

New Year’s Eve

  • Ace Pizza: 10am-10pm
  • Beggar’s Pizza: 11am-11pm
  • Bottoms Up Bar And Grill: Kitchen 11am-2am; bar 11am-10pm
  • Boz Hot Dogs: 10:30am-3pm
  • Buffalo Wild Wings: 11am-11pm
  • Burger King 16791 Torrence: 6am-5pm
  • Burger King 18156 Torrence: 6am-8pm
  • Champions II BBQ: 11am-8pm
  • Checkers: TBA
  • Culver’s: 10am-8pm
  • Diana’s Mexican Bakery: 5am-5pm
  • Difference African Catering & Groceries: 10am-8pm
  • Domino’s Pizza: 9am-12midnight (subject to change)
  • Dunkin Donuts 17050 Torrence: 5am-10pm
  • Dunkin’ Donuts/Baskin Robbins 17733 Torrence: TBA
  • Edible Arrangements: 9am-2pm
  • El Burrito Express: 10am-4pm
  • El Mariachi II: TBA
  • Fisherman’s Island: 10am-6pm
  • Gayety’s Chocolates & Ice Cream: 12-6pm
  • Golden Bear Pancake & Crepery: 6am-3pm
  • Harold’s Chicken: 11am-6pm
  • Hooters: 11am-8pm
  • IHOP: 24 hours
  • J’s Peapod (north and south locations): 10:30am-9pm
  • j&j Fish & Chicken: 12pm-8pm
  • Jack’s Sports Pub & Eatery: TBA
  • JJ Kelley’s: 11am-7pm regular service; 7pm-1am New Year’s Eve Special Event (pre-ordered tickets only)
  • Johnny K’s Patio: 10am-3am
  • Kasey’s Restaurant: 3pm-6pm
  • Kdulche Cafe: 7am-1pm only
  • Kenny’s Ribs & Chicken: 11am-10pm
  • Kilroy’s: Bar open only
  • La Rosita De Michoacana: Open, hours TBA
  • Liang’s Garden Restaurant: 11am-9:30pm
  • Lily China Chef: 11am-10pm
  • Lynnie Ques: 11am-9pm
  • Mancino’s Of Lansing: 11am-10pm
  • McDonald’s: 24 hours
  • Olive Garden: 11am-11pm
  • Ooowee Chicken & Ribs: 11am-7pm
  • Outriggers Steak & Seafood: 3pm-11pm (closing subject to change)
  • Popeye’s Chicken: 10am-2am
  • Pour On Roy: Closed
  • rico’s Pizza: 4pm-10pm
  • Ron’s Reels & Cafe: 8:00am-2am
  • Round The Clock: Closed for remodeling
  • S.L. Wine Bar: 2pm-2am New Year’s Eve Party w/complimentary food
  • Shark’s Fish & Chicken (Torrence): 10am-2am (closing subject to change)
  • Shark’s Fish & Chicken (Burnham): 10am-11pm
  • Stephano’s Pizzeria: 10:30am-10pm
  • Subway Fresh Forward 17050 Torrence: 8am-7pm
  • Subway 17749 Torrence: 8am-7pm
  • Subway 3513 Ridge: 8am-7pm
  • Sunrise Health Foods: 9am-6pm
  • Tacos & Burritos Rancho Grande: 11am-5pm
  • Taqueria La Soga: 9am-12pm
  • Three Roosters: TBA
  • Waldo Cooney’s Pizza: 11am-9pm
  • Wendy’s: 6:30am-8pm
  • Wingstop: TBA

New Year’s Day options

  • Ace Pizza: 10am-10pm
  • Beggar’s Pizza: 1-9pm
  • Bottoms Up Bar And Grill: Kitchen 11am-2am; bar: 11am-10pm
  • Buffalo Wild Wings: 11am-11pm
  • Burger King 16791 Torrence: 8am-10pm
  • Burger King 18156 Torrence: 8am-12am
  • Culver’s: 10am-11pm (closing subject to change)
  • Domino’s Pizza: 9am-1am (subject to change)
  • Dunkin Donuts 17050 Torrence: 5am-10pm
  • Fisherman’s Island: 10am-6pm
  • Gayety’s Chocolates & Ice Cream: 12noon-9pm
  • Golden Bear Pancake & Crepery: 6am-3pm
  • Hooters: 12pm-8pm
  • IHOP: 24 hours
  • J’s Peapod (north and south locations): 10:30am-9pm
  • j&j Fish & Chicken: 12pm-8pm
  • JJ Kelley’s: 11am-9pm Special Dinners feature prime rib and lobster
  • Johnny K’s Patio: 10am-3am
  • Kdulche Cafe: Closed January 1–3
  • Kenny’s Ribs & Chicken: 11am-10pm
  • Kilroy’s: Bar open only
  • Liang’s Garden Restaurant: 11am-9:30pm
  • Lily China Chef: 11am-10pm
  • Lynnie Ques: Dining closed; bar 11am-9pm
  • McDonald’s: 24 hours
  • Olive Garden: 11am-11pm
  • Popeyes Chicken: 10am-2am
  • rico’s Pizza: 4pm-10pm
  • Ron’s Reels & Cafe: 8am-2am
  • Shark’s Fish & Chicken (Torrence): 10am-2am (closing subject to change)
  • Shark’s Fish & Chicken (Burnham): 10am-11pm
  • Stephano’s Pizzeria: 10:30am-10:00pm
  • Subway Fresh Forward 17050 Torrence: 8am-7pm
  • Subway 17749 Torrence: 10am-7pm
  • Subway 3513 Ridge: 10am-7pm
  • Waldo Cooney’s Pizza: 11am-11pm
  • Wendy’s: 6:30am-12midnight

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Jennifer Yos grew up on Walter Street in Lansing with nine siblings. She attended St. Ann’s School and T.F. South, and she earned a BA in the Teaching of English from the University of Illinois, Chicago, and a MS in Education: Curriculum and Instruction from the University of St. Francis, Joliet. For 34 years she taught English, as well as Creative Writing and Drama, at Lincoln-Way High School. She dabbled in freelance journalism for the Joliet Herald News Living section. Now retired, Jennifer appreciates the opportunity to write for The Lansing Journal and is uplifted by the variety of positive people she has already met who are making a difference in Lansing.