Pay it Forward: Angie's Restaurant serves free Thanksgiving meals to community

Pay it Forward: Angie's Restaurant serves free Thanksgiving meals to community (Photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) Angie's Restaurant is a "home away from home" for many locals in Logan.

"We have many customers that come here and eat three times a day," said Saboor Sahely, the owner.

It's not unusual for the spot to be crowded. But on Thanksgiving, it will even busier than usual.

"We'll be looking at about 1200 to 1300 people that day," Sahely said.

Sahely opens his restaurant's doors every Thanksgiving to anyone in the community to come and get a free meal.

"We're psyched up and excited and ready to roll," he said.

Sahely has made this a holiday tradition since 1990.

"That's the one day we should put a lock on the refrigerator, open our doors, and take care of people," he said.

Sahely is from Afghanistan, and learned about the holiday from someone who befriended him.

Anyone from any walk of life is welcome to partake in a traditional turkey dinner.

"There's a group of people that you can tell they cannot afford to have a Thanksgiving dinner," Sahely said.

Others come who don't have a family to eat with, or who simply don't want to cook that day.

He doesn't charge anyone to eat, but if you do bring money, it goes to a good cause.

"We'll raise a few thousand dollars for a local charity," explained Sahely.

They rotate the charities every year. This year, donations will go to the Cache Food Pantry.

"We're hoping to be able to provide them with a lot of food this year," Sahely said.

Sahely says he does this just to say thank you to those loyal locals who have supported him throughout the years.

"That's our way of giving back something to our country, and to our community, and the people that have put us on the map," he said.

As a thank you to Sahely and employees at Angie's Restaurant, Mountain America Credit Union donated $500 to help them out this year.

If you want to attend Thanksgiving dinner this year, it will be served from 11am-2pm on Thanksgiving Day.

For more about Angie's Restaurant, visit its website or Facebook page.