Albuquerque diner offers free meals for Thanksgiving

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – An Albuquerque diner is starting a new Thanksgiving tradition that helps people in need.

The line was out the door Thursday as Lindy’s Diner downtown brought in hundreds.

The diner posted a sign on its door that said “Anyone in need of a free Thanksgiving dinner, come join us.”

“Well this makes me feel rather good,” said Gary Williams.

And it was packed house, as those in need were welcomed to not only a Thanksgiving meal, but a place to sit and enjoy good company.

“At a restaurant, it feels special,” said Renee Anaya.

This is the first year Lindy’s has opened its doors Thanksgiving Day for people in need.

“We’re doing it really to honor my mom who passed this year and she was always real family oriented and she’d be happy,” said Lindy’s Owner, Steve Vatoseow.

While the purpose is to help others, Vatoseow said he’s benefiting just as much.

“This is better than anything, this is the best feeling I could have really,” said Vatoseow.

And for those who were given a true holiday experience Thursday, they said they’re thankful.

“I want to say thanks to Lindy’s,” said Lashanda Gaede.

“The food today, I give thanks to Lindy’s for feeding us a free Thanksgiving meal,” said Tammy Vanwinkle.

Lindy’s owner said they hope to continue this Thanksgiving tradition and even do it more than just once a year. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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