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Published: Jan 01, 2019 7 min read
(clockwise from top left) Bahama Breeze; Buca di Beppo; Dunkin' Donuts; Panera Bread
(Clockwise from top left) Bahama Breeze; Buca di Beppo; Dunkin' Donuts; Panera Bread
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When the ball has dropped and the confetti has been cleaned up, you're probably going to want to eat on Jan. 1, 2019. Get ready to start the year off right by checking out one of the many restaurants open on New Year's Day.

It's a new year, but you have most of the same great options for food available on the holiday, no matter what you're looking for on New Year's Day 2019. Restaurants like Boston Market, Chili's, Chick-fil-A, Hooters, and Waffle House are observing their regular hours and serving food like normal. And, yes, you can also order pizza, wings, or whatever else you like for delivery from Pizza Hut or Domino's if you're too tired to leave the couch.

Here's a list of big chain restaurants open on New Year's Day 2019.


Good Housekeeping reports that Applebee's stores are open for business on Tuesday.

Bahama Breeze

Bahama Breeze locations will be offering two happy hours on New Year's Day: one from 4-6 p.m. and another from 9 p.m. to close, with cocktails starting at $2.19.


A spokeswoman says Benihana locations are open on Jan. 1. Hours vary by location.

Black Angus Steakhouse

Black Angus restaurants are posting regular hours on New Year's Day.

Boston Market

A spokeswoman confirms to Money that Boston Market will be open on New Year’s Day, serving food from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. as per usual.

Buca di Beppo

Buca di Beppo locations open at 11 a.m. on New Year's Day.

Buffalo Wild Wings

Kick off 2019 with some drums (or flats, whatever's your style) at Buffalo Wild Wings, which has regular hours on Jan. 1.

Burger King

Like most fast food chains, Burger King restaurants are generally open on New Year's Day.

Capital Grille

Capital Grille has normal operating hours on New Year's Day.

Chart House

Not only is Chart House open on Jan. 1, but it's also offering $5 Bloody Marys to help your hangover.


Most Chick-fil-A locations will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Jan. 1.


Chili's is open on New Year's Day.

Cracker Barrel

Cracker Barrel locations will operate like normal on Jan. 1, serving from 6 a.m.- 10 p.m.


In the Boston area, four locations of Davio's will be open for lunch and dinner on Jan. 1. Duck in between 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. or 5 p.m. and 10 p.m.


Denny's, which is open 365 days a year, will be serving up pancakes galore on New Year's Day.


Domino's holiday hours vary by location, but most (if not all) will be open on New Year's Day.

Dunkin’ Donuts

A spokeswoman tells Money that Dunkin' hours vary by location, though many will be open on Jan. 1.

Fogo de Chao

Fogo de Chao will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on New Year's Day.


Take the new year under your wing (get it?) and stop by Hooters. The holiday hours at most Hooters restaurants indicate that they're open on Jan. 1.

Huddle House

Huddle House locations will be open on Jan. 1, according to


IHOP restaurants are open like usual on New Year's Day 2019, though they're all operated by franchisees, so hours may vary.

In-N-Out Burger

If all you need is grease after a fun night out, In-N-Out Burger is open on New Year's Day.


Settle in for 2019 with a bucket of fried chicken from KFC, which Country Living reports will indeed be operating on Tuesday.


Luby's restaurants will be open on New Year's Day 2019.


Yes, though there may be a few exceptions, McDonald's is open on New Year's Day.

Morton’s Steakhouse

Locations of Morton's Steakhouse are open on Jan. 1 — just call your nearby restaurant to determine its exact hours and availability.

Olive Garden

The breadsticks are plentiful and the doors are open at Olive Garden on New Year's Day.

Panda Express

A spokeswoman confirms that most Panda Express locations will be open on Jan. 1 but advises customers to check their local store's hours before heading over.

Panera Bread

If you're hunting for carbs after drinking too much Champagne, you can stop by an open Panera location on Tuesday, according to Good Housekeeping.

Pizza Hut

Get your stuffed crust fix at Pizza Hut, which a spokesman says will observe normal hours on Jan. 1.

Romano's Macaroni Grill

Macaroni Grill has regular business hours on New Year's Day, so it'll be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Ruby Tuesday

Check online to see if the Ruby Tuesday nearest you is operating on New Year's Day. Many locations are open, but hours vary.


Call for individual restaurant hours, but Shoney's locations will be open on Jan. 1 — and preparing for their National Buffet Day celebrations on Jan. 2.


Country Living reports that Sonic locations will be up and running, but individual locations' hours will vary.


Starbucks is open on New Year's Day, but hours might vary by location, according to Good Housekeeping.

Steak 'n Shake

Most Steak 'n Shake locations will be open on Jan. 1, according to

Texas Roadhouse

According to, Texas Roadhouse is open on New Year's Day. 2019, let's get this bread (with cinnamon butter).

TGI Fridays

A spokesman says several TGI Fridays locations will likely be open on New Year's Day with modified hours, but each location is different. Call ahead or check your local store's webpage.

Waffle House

Waffle House is open for all your needs all the time — and that includes New Year's Day 2019.


Wahlburger's locations will be open for business on Tuesday, according to Country Living.


Feeling Frosty? Wendy's is open on Jan. 1, according to Hours Guide.

White Castle

White Castle restaurants will observe the same hours they normally do on Jan. 1 (hours may vary by location).