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The Mockingbird Diner to Offer Freebird Thanksgiving Dinner

The new restaurant doesn't have an official opening date, but they will be open on Thanksgiving to offer free food.
By Nancy Nichols |

Last month we checked in with Jack Perkins. He’s a busy man. When he isn’t working the door at Maple & Motor, he’s overseeing the ground-up construction site that will be his new Mockingbird Diner.

Like Jack, the project is ambitious. He’s tapped some great talent for his kitchen. Jeana Johnson (Mot Ha Bai, Good 2 Go Tacos), Jason Perkins (Filament), Sabrina Metersky (FT33), and Rosie Martinez (19 years at Parigi).

The restaurant has obtained a certificate of occupancy, but has not announced an opening date. But Jack has decided to open on Thanksgiving Day and serve free food to anyone who is a looking for a place to celebrate this holiday with a traditional feast. “I started doing this four years ago because I knew enough orphans who needed a place to be,” Perkins says. “Now, nothing I do gives me the same feeling. I didn’t do it last year and it was like losing a friend.”

Freebird will take place at The Mockingbird Diner from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. on November 23. 3130 W. Mockingbird Ln.

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