Workers at Gary’s Cafe located at 2650 Lutcher Drive near Interstate 10 are busy preparing for their big Thanksgiving meal on Wednesday for customers just passing through Orange and for those just wanting a good traditional meal.

They started on Monday with making the corn bread for their tasty corn bread dressing. The rest of the meal will be turkey, gravy, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, rolls and no meal is complete without dessert.

Workers are hoping to see the smiling faces of their regular customers along with new people as well. For those who don’t want to cook or without a family nearby this is the ideal place to go. However, call-in orders are welcome too.

Gary’s is open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. but the Thanksgiving meal will served starting at 11 a.m. They will be closed on Thursday, so the staff can enjoy the holiday with their families.

Owners, Keith and Linda Kovatch, want to invite everyone to come and enjoy the food and friendly service.

The highways will certainly be a busy place for travelers. According to the AAA Texas, it is predicted nearly 3.3 million Texans will hit the road for the Thanksgiving holiday period.

It is estimated the number of Texans traveling this holiday week will increase 1.6 percent compared to last year.

With Thanksgiving being on Thursday,  the association defines the holiday travel period as round trips of 50 miles or more from Wednesday through Sunday.

AAA Texas spokeswoman Rhonda Wilson says the predicted increase in holiday travel comes as people feel more confident this year about the economy.

The travel group’s recent survey found that most Texas will be driving to their holiday destinations. Half of all travelers intend to shop during the holiday period, especially the Friday after Thanksgiving which is traditionally the busiest shopping day of the year.

 Toni Kaiser, a waitress at Gary’s Cafe cuts a piece of pie for a hungry customer. RECORD PHOTO: Debby Schamber.