Why are Chinese Restaurants Open on Christmas?

Published: Dec. 23, 2015 at 6:38 PM PST
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RENO, NV - Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, unless you don't celebrate it. Fortunately, Reno has plenty of options if you want to dine out on Friday.

Don't have anywhere to go for Christmas? Try a Chinese restaurant. It sounds a bit cliché but it's not wrong. It's the busiest day of the year at The Wok, according to owner Janet Soi.

These days, more people are opting for Mu Shu pork over Christmas ham. She says the days leading up to it are just as profitable.

"We have a lot of customers that come over from California for skiing so they come over too," Soi said.

If Chinese food doesn't tickle your fancy, try its south Asian counterpart: Thai cuisine.

"We have something different and something new to eat and Thai food is a good thing," said Nunthaka "Bim" Prachunbarn, owner of Sawasdee Thai Restaurant.

From pad Thai to the curry, every dish comes from a family recipe.

"Everyone always asks if they could take my mom home so she cooks for them," said Prachunbarn.

It has become a popular dinner destination for non-traditional Christmas foodies for nearly four years.

"Last year, we had a lot of people in town. It's like local people. They keep asking me, 'are you open for Christmas?'"

While Prachunbarn says she still celebrates the holiday, it's her customers who make her day special.

Bim says, "People who come to eat are happy, and that makes me happy too."

If you can't bare to part ways with that prime rib, you can always gamble with your appetite at the casinos.