Pine Belt restaurants that opened their doors on Christmas

The restaurants that opened on Christmas Day in the Hub City were few and far between; however, the managers of restaurants that did open their doors said they did it for their customers.

C'est la vie off Hardy Street is an independently owned restaurant that serves French food made from scratch.

"Well, I wanna please my customers," said John Lukowsi, owner and pastry chef at C'est la vie.

"I wanna have fresh stuff every day, and I'm baking croissants. Everything is made from scratch.  Just please customers. That's why we are here and make them happy, eh?"

Lukowski says he didn't mind working on Christmas.

"I'm enjoying what I'm doing you know? Keep customers happy. I want to have them coming back all the time," he said.

C'est la vie was voted Best of the Pine Belt in 2012 for its authentic french cuisine. Another local favorite open on Christmas Day was Waffle House. It was bustling with travelers and folks who didn't feel like cooking.

"As people get out and travel and start seeing their families, we tend to get kinda busy and then we're usually here for people that don't have any place to go and have anything to do and they can get a hot meal," said Matt Adams, division manager of Waffle House.

Although Adams had to work Christmas Day, he didn't let that stop him from getting into the Christmas spirit with his family.

"Santa actually came last night after we went to church, and so they were pretty excited and so we did Santa yesterday," Adams said.

Adams has been working for Waffle House for the past 11 years, and said he values what he does tremendously.