Windmill prepares free thanksgiving meals for community

  • Kosmas Smirnioudis of the Windmill Restaurant bastes a turkey in the back of the restaurant in preparation of the annual Thanksgiving dinner that is offered on Thanksgiving day. Smirnioudis says as many as 150 in free dinners have been served in the past, a tradition his father, Louis, started in 1990 in cooperation with the Friendly Kitchen. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Kosmas Smirnioudis of the Windmill Restaurant puts the bird back in the oven after basting a turkey in the back of the restaurant in preparation for the annual Thanksgiving dinner offered on the day. Smirnioudis says as many as 150 in free dinners have been served in the past, a tradition his father, Louis, started in 1990 in cooperation with the Friendly Kitchen. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Kosmas Smirnioudis, left, of the Windmill Restaurant pours in turkey juices as his brother, Michael, mixes their special stuffing in preparation for the annual Thanksgiving dinner that is offered on Thanksgiving Day. GEOFF FORESTER photos / Monitor staff

  • Smirnioudis bastes a turkey in the back of the restaurant.

  • Michael Smirnioudis mixes the family's special stuffing in preparation for the annual Thanksgiving dinner offered on the day. The stuffing included carrots and raisins. Smirnioudis says as many as 150 in free dinners have been served in the past, a tradition their father, Louis, started in 1990 in cooperation with the Friendly Kitchen. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

Published: 11/23/2022 5:03:48 PM

For another year, the act of feeding anyone who needs a meal in Concord on Thanksgiving Day is taking place at the Windmill Family Restaurant on Loudon Road.

It’s become a monumental undertaking that began 32 years ago by patriarch Louie Smirnioudis, who passed away in 2013. In 1990, Smirnioudis worked with a soup kitchen with the idea to feed the community a Thanksgiving dinner. That year they served 12 people.

The tradition grew year after year and has continued under the leadership of George and Kosmas Smirnioudis. Now thousands of meals go through the restaurant each year.

As the effort to provide free holiday meals has expanded, so has the number of people who pitch in to make sure everything gets done in time, especially the restaurant employees.

This year, the event includes a new feature – Concord Area Transit is providing free round-trip bus service to the Windmill Restaurant from anywhere in Concord on Thanksgiving Day. The deadline has already passed to reserve a ride.

Those who would like to volunteer next year or support the Windmill with a donation now can call the restaurant at (603) 225-0600.




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