A Coeur d'Alene pub put the alcohol on hold Thursday to serve up free Thanksgiving meals. The Fedora Pub and Grille�had more than a thousand people from all walks of life come through the door�for dinner.
"Whoever needs a place to go on Thanksgiving, we just invite them in," Owner John Malee said.
Malee and his wife, Mallory started the tradition four years ago.
?When we started it, everyone was in trying times,? Malee said.
It's an intimate, yet communal event. Each person has their own chair, no benches. The tables have linens. Servers take drink orders and bring out food. Live music plays in the background while football is on television.
"It's been really nice,? Debbie James said.
At the James family household, Thanksgiving is usually a big event.
"We usually get together with my family and we have about 40 or 50 people," James said.
However, this year the family was scattered. Instead of making dinner for five, the family headed down to The Fedora to spend Thanksgiving with the community.
?I think I will do this from now on," James said.