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Local Restaurants Remain Open on Christmas Day

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<div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">Even though it’s Christmas Day, many people still have to work this holiday. A few restaurants in Fresno are open, much to the happiness of those who may not have anywhere else to go or who don’t want to cook.</div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">Pauline Dunn owns Joy Luck Fine Chinese Cuisine Restaurant in Fresno. She said on Thursday, &quot;I have to work. It’s okay, because we can celebrate ours the prior day or the day after.&quot;</div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">Dunn has taken Christmas into her own hands and decided to keep her restaurant open on December 25th. She said it was so people had a place to eat and weren’t alone.</div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">&quot;A lot of like, single person or couple, and like elderly, sometime the family is not in town, the kids grow up so they don’t want to cook, and they just come here,&quot; explained Dunn of her customers on Christmas.</div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">Fresno residents Shanna and Lance Rice didn’t want to cook this Christmas. They turned to Dunn’s restaurant.</div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">Shanna said, &quot;I’m very thankful. Keeping my hands out of the dishes and what have you!&quot;</div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">Liz Sanchez owns Casa de Tamales in Fresno. She said she had started filling large tamale orders since 10am Christmas morning. She said her employees work on a volunteer basis on Christmas, and she’s thankful for their helping hands.</div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">&quot;It’s been nothing but smiles. We all have a good time, we have our coffee and we have our doughnuts in the morning,&quot; said Sanchez.</div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">Sanchez said unfortunately the world doesn’t stop on the holidays. But, Sanchez and Dunn both said they enjoy being able to bring a smile to people’s faces with their service and food.</div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">Fresno resident Danny Gaucin and his wife were in Casa de Tamales on Christmas morning to pick up some tamales for family.</div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">Danny said, &quot;It’s great that they are open today because we get to take a little bit of what they’re providing and enjoy them with our families back home. And for that, we thank them!&quot;</div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">Dunn said she notices her customers are very appreciative that she remains open, and that to her is her Christmas wish.</div></div>

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