Frank Tahvildari has spent each Thanksgiving for the last 16 years serving dinner to others.
And he's not bored yet. He's doing it again this year.
The owner of Tumbleweeds Bar & Grill, 21094 S. Beach Blvd., and two other restaurants in Huntington Beach and Seal Beach could easily take the day off, relax, eat and watch football with family and friends.
But he chooses to give.
"It's a day of appreciations — appreciating people and appreciating life," he said. "Life is not just about taking. Sometimes you have to give."
Tahvildari and his crew began the preparation two days before Thanksgiving. They planned to cook about 50 to 55 turkeys, mashed potatoes, vegetables, stuffing and all the Thanksgiving dinner fixings.
The restaurant plans to serve the free meals from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. — anyone and everyone is welcome. Last year, Tumbleweeds served dinner to 550 people, and Tahvildari expects the same number this year.