One of the Chattanooga traditions - for 45 years - has been ordered Thanksgiving dinner from the Mount Vernon Restaurant.
Cindy Messinger, whose parents formerly operated the landmark restaurant, said, "In the early years it was for a small group of people, but nowadays it is like a zoo around here on the day before Thanksgiving."
Orders can be placed for turkey along with pans of dressing, broccoli souffle, sweet potato souffle, green beans, squash casserole, gravy and rolls. Many also add a pie(s) to the order.
Ms. Messinger said there is so much food prepared that a refrigerated tractor-trailer is at the back of the restaurant for added storage.
She said the Mount Vernon formerly had the orders down on lists, but the staff is now aided by computers.
She said on Wednesday there will a constant flow of customers coming in from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
The order number if 266-6591.