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Ema's Cafe continues to build on a Thanksgiving tradition marking 27 years

Posted at 9:49 PM, Nov 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-23 12:21:12-05

LAFAYETTE — Thanksgiving is six days away and the few restaurants that will be open already have plans in place.

Here in Lafayette, one establishment does things a little differently. It's a tradition that has been growing for almost 30 years.

A white table cloth Thanksgiving dinner. That is Ema Haq's tradition of serving a free thanksgiving dinner to those in need.

That tradition is turning 27 years old next week.

"You're going to make me cry if I think about it," Haq said of the event.

This year, Haq plans to serve close to 900 meals both at his restaurant and by delivery. "Turkey, cornbread dressing, pumpkin pie, pecan pie, we do everything. its a full feast," Haq said.

It's a tradition that he says puts everybody in the holiday spirit and reminds him all there is to be thankful for.

"An event like this helps you appreciate what you have and at the same time what we need to do to reach out and make a difference," he explained.

If you or somebody you know would like to attend the dinner, receive a dinner, or volunteer, call Ema's Cafe at 981-4849.