Nov 26, 2015 3:56 PM
Local restaurant carries on tradition to feed the community on Thanksgiving Day
CONCORD - For 25 years, the Windmill Family Restaurant has been keeping their tradition alive by serving their community a free Thanksgiving meal.
"We're slowly starting to run out of turkeys. Last year I cooked 65 of them and then this year I cooked 71 so we're getting up there," restaurant owner Kosmas Smirnidoudis said.
After losing his father and original owner of the Windmill Restaurant, Smirnidoudis and his family have worked hard to keep his spirit alive.
Feeding the city of Concord with an open heart and open doors, the Smirnioudis family took in more than 1,000 customers each year in just two short hours.
"Without the Windmill doing this most of us wouldn't be able to eat on Thanksgiving or Christmas," Shannon Utter stated after sharing that she had been homeless for the last two years. "So what they do for us it means a lot to the homeless community."
With the help of dozens of volunteers and family friends, the Windmill created a warm place for those to stop in and feast. An opportunity that some may not always have.
"A lot of people admire the Smirnioudis family for doing this and they usually always say how thankful they are for coming here and how great this place is. I'm really proud of what happened here," long-time family friend, Fiona Mara said as she took the time to volunteer for today's event.
"My dad at a young age he instilled in us you know it's not what your country can do for you it's what you can do for your country. So being able to do that and being able to get together with friends and family and being able to accomplish something so nice and so good for everyone there's no words for it," said Smirnidoudis.