Penn Diner to host free Thanks­giv­ing din­ner

Com­mu­nity event is sched­uled for Thurs­day from 2 to 7 p.m.

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Eric Devlin ede­vlin@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @Eric_Devlin on Twit­ter

PHOENIXVILLE >> Thanks­giv­ing is a day set aside for fam­ily and friends to get to­gether and cel­e­brate. But for those less for­tu­nate or with­out fam­ily, there can be lit­tle to cel­e­brate. That’s why one area restau­rant is open­ing its doors and pro­vid­ing a free meal all af­ter­noon to any­one who’s in­ter­ested.

Penn Diner, 785 Starr St., will host a free Thanks­giv­ing din­ner Nov. 24 from 2-7 p.m. The meal in­cludes a roast turkey with all the trim­mings. Par­ties of six peo­ple or more are asked to make a reser­va­tion.

While this year marks the first time the diner will host the meal, it’s an an­nual tra­di­tion for the Omar fam­ily, who, for the past 17 years have hosted it at Chris­tine’s Fam­ily Restau­rant in Audubon. Wis­sam Omar and his fa­ther Sam say the free din­ner is a way for all com­mu­nity mem­bers to come and feel like they can cel­e­brate Thanks­giv­ing to­gether.

“You know how big it is in the States for Thanks­giv­ing; ev­ery­body gets to­gether for din­ner,” Wis­sam said. “Not ev­ery­body is for­tu­nate enough to have a big meal with fam­ily.”

Sam, 54, em­i­grated to this coun­try from Cairo, Egypt in 1986 and started the tra­di­tion at Chris­tine’s in 1997, fol­low­ing a decade of manag­ing the Mar­riot Ho­tel in Som­er­set, N.J.

Since then the meal has grown in pop­u­lar­ity be­cause peo­ple who couldn’t nor­mally af­ford the big meal could still get one, and be­cause peo­ple who don’t have fam­ily can feel like they still be­long to one.

“Maybe we can get ev­ery­body to feel the fam­ily at­mos­phere at my restau­rant,” Sam said.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the event, call the diner at 484493-4064.

“You know how big it is in the States for Thanks­giv­ing; ev­ery­body gets to­gether for din­ner. Not ev­ery­body is for­tu­nate enough to have a big meal with fam­ily.” — Wis­sam Omar on why Penn Diner is host­ing a free Thanks­giv­ing

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