‘What Is Thanksgiving’: Tally’s Good Food Cafe Serves Free Meal In Good Company | Local News
By Reece Ristau Tulsa World
The line to enter Tally’s Good Food Cafe on historic Route 66 ran the length of the building throughout Thursday afternoon. Inside the restaurant, employees and volunteers walked the checkered floor with trays of food, making sure no one was hungry.
This was the 33rd year that Tally Alame and her namesake café at 1102 S. Yale Ave. offered a free Thanksgiving meal to anyone who needed it, including those with no home, single parents struggling to make ends meet, and University of Tulsa students. who couldn’t go home for the holidays.
The restaurant was ready to serve 2,000 people, although Alame said he usually saw between 1,200 and 1,500. The cafe was open from 11 am to 3 pm
“I’m always ready,” Alame said. “I don’t want to run out of food. I want everyone to have a Thanksgiving meal.
Sandra and Brad Mahan were happy that they could sit down with their three young children – Levi, 8, Noah, 6, and Khloe, not quite 2 – and share a traditional Thanksgiving meal.
The five Mahans were unable to visit their families at Wagoner this year and would not have been able to afford a meal like the one offered at Tally’s, said Sandra Mahan.
“I wanted my kids to see what Thanksgiving is – all the volunteers and the people who didn’t want to eat,” she said. “The volunteers took the time of their Thanksgiving to feed us. “