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Most restaurants closed on Thanksgiving; Starlite Café and Hog Rock Café open

Mal's Diner in Vale will be closed all Thanksgiving week. Photo: Pat Caldwell/The Enterprise.

ONTARIO – The Enterprise called more than a dozen restaurants in Malheur County and found only two, Starlite Café in Vale and Hog Rock Café in Ontario, that will be open on Thanksgiving.

Restaurant owners concurred that they were closing this Thursday more out of respect to the holiday than for reasons related to Covid. Those interviewed all said that their decision had little to do with the pandemic, even as the state of Oregon’s two-week pause has made life difficult in other ways for their businesses.

Jason Jungling, the owner of Plaza Inn Restaurant in Ontario, said that only about 5 of his usual 20 employees are still on staff due to the recent two-week pause. The rest . . .