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November 16, 2010

Free Thanksgiving dinner at Salem restaurant

SALEM — A local restaurant is opening its doors Thanksgiving Day to serve free turkey dinners.

For the second year in a row, Tavern in the Square, 163 Washington St., will host a turkey dinner for seniors, the homeless and families in need. Dinner will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 25.

The restaurant served nearly 200 dinners last year and expects to do more this year.

"We've actually reached out to surrounding communities," said Mark Morris, one of the owners. He said they contacted city halls in Lynn and Peabody to spread the word.

The traditional Thanksgiving meal will be cooked and served by the restaurant staff with help from volunteers. Anyone who would like to volunteer can contact the restaurant at 978-740-2337.

Tavern expects to serve more than 200 pounds of turkey and mashed potatoes, and about 150 pounds of stuffing.

"We've been preparing for this" for weeks, Morris said.

In addition to Salem, Tavern in the Square offers free meals in Central Square, Cambridge and at its newest site in Allston.

The food is donated by U.S. Foodservice, a restaurant supplier.

"We want to serve as many people as possible," Morris said. "That's the goal."

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