Bob’s Lunch on Third Street was the place to be, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.
They served ham, turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, yams, noodles, corn, green beans and homemade pumpkin pie.
People of all ages turned out to go through the buffet line.
They’ve been doing this at Bob’s Lunch for five years, but it had its origins 20 years ago with a free meal put on by the Calvary Church.
That meal was then moved to Grand Vue Park.
“But we noticed a lot of people were not coming out, and we figured transportation was a bigger issue,” said Craig White, Grand Vue Park general manager. “So we spoke to Gary and he was very happy to participate with us as well, and bring it into town so it was easy for people to get to it.”
“It’s very nice for people who really don’t have the money to go out and eat,” said 10-year-old Emily Blake of Moundsville. “And we’re thankful that they want to do this for us.”
“We’ve been doing it for five years,” said Rachel Flores, employee of Bob’s Lunch. “So we’re pretty organized with it all.”
“I just enjoy it,” said Francie Brak-Myers, a volunteer server. “I enjoy seeing the people come in, and it’s one of those things–it’s giving, it’s making a difference.”
“It’s really good, and it’s nice for them to do this for the customers every year,” said Fred Berisford of Glen Dale.
Bob’s Lunch is owned by Gary Workman.
The free Thanksgiving meal is a collaborative effort between Grand Vue Park and Bob’s Lunch.
Several people said it was all delicious, but the best part was the homemade pumpkin pie.