NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. – Even though it’s a holiday, Margo Fisher was hard at work on Thursday, getting her restaurant ready for a crowd.

What You Need To Know

  • Owners of Juan-A-Taco offered a free Thanksgiving meal to the community.

  • This tradition started last year during the pandemic.

  • Much of the food was donated from the community.

She and her husband Cory own Juan-A-Taco in downtown New Port Richey.

For the second year, they were hard at work in the kitchen, opening up for a free Thanksgiving community meal, welcoming all.

“Growing up with a large family, we’d have large gatherings every year,” Fisher said. “As you get older, people pass. The table gets smaller. You don’t want the table to get smaller so you open up your house.”

She’s cooking turkey, sweet potatoes and more than a dozen pies.

The only thing missing is her usual cuisine of tacos!

“I can only make my food, which is delicious, only so many days a week,” Fisher explained. “For Thanksgiving, we’re having turkey!”

In business for nearly three years in Pasco County, Margo sees many people who can use a helping hand. More than 50 people showed up during the first hour alone.

She put the word out about her dinner and was blown away by the donations she received.

“Everything here is donated from the community for the community. We couldn’t do it without them,” Fisher said.

Margo says she’s thankful to be able to do this.

She is looking to make it a Thanksgiving tradition for years to come.

“We’re blessed that we can provide the platform but the community feeds the community. Everyone comes together and that’s what this is about.”