01 January 2020 04:44
Jan. 1 will be unlike other Wednesdays in 2020. Your bank will probably be closed, but you can join in on an all-day rooftop party, in case you didn't get enough the night before. New Year's Day is a strange one if you're looking for things to do, or if you're simply trying to go about your normal Wednesday. Here's a (noncomprehensive) guide to what's open and what isn't for the first day of 2020. It's a federal holiday, so no mail delivery.
Post offices are closed, too. So are Department of Motor Vehicles locations; renewing your tabs will have to wait. In general, if it's a government-run operation, expect it to be shuttered Jan. 1. Most banks and credit unions follow this holiday schedule too, so it's best to just hit an ATM or use a mobile banking app if you can. Start your year outdoors.
Check your local tourism or visitor's organization for events in your area. Metro Transit service will be limited. All Metro Transit buses and the Blue, Green and Red lines will follow their holiday schedules New Year's Day. The Northstar commuter rail line will not run Jan. 1. Metro Transit service centers, customer relations and lost and found are also closed. Elsewhere around the state, the Duluth Transit Authority and Rochester Public Transit will offer limited holiday service on Jan. 1. Metro Bus in St. Cloud, Minn., will be closed. This is an edit of a story originally published in 2018. What restaurants are open on New Year's Day, 2020? If you don't want to cook after a long night of ringing in the new year, you're in luck – there are quite a few chain restaurants that remain open on New Year's Day, including, Olive Garden, Buffalo Wild Wings, IHOP, Chili's, and many more. If a sit-down restaurant isn't your thing, there are plenty of fast food chains open on January 1 as well, including McDonald's, Burger King, Pizza Hut, Domino's Pizza, and Panera Bread, among others. Keep reading for a rundown of chain restaurants open on New Year's Day, 2020: What Restaurants Are Open on New Year's Day This Year? Although the restaurants below typically remain open on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day each year, some stores may have reduced (or even extended) hours for the holiday, so we recommend contacting your local restaurant before heading out to grab a bite to eat. Some restaurants may open later in the day, while others may only be open for half days, so it doesn't hurt to call before stopping out. Check out a list of some of the most popular chain restaurants open on Wednesday, January 1: Fast Food Chain Restaurants: Arby's Baskin-Robbins Ben & Jerry's Blimpie Boston Market Burger King Carl's Jr. Chick-Fil-A Chipotle Dairy Queen Domino's Pizza Dunkin' Donuts Hardee's In-N-Out Burger Jack in the Box Jimmy John's KFC Krispy Kreme Little Ceasars McDonald's Noodles & Company Panera Bread Panda Express Papa John's Pizza Pizza Hut Popeye's Red Robin Starbucks Subway Taco Bell Waffle House Wendy's White Castle Sit-Down Restaurants: Applebee's Benihana Buffalo Wild Wings Chili's Cracker Barrel Dave & Buster's Denny's Fogo de Chão Huddle House IHOP Morton's the Steakhouse Olive Garden Ruby Tuesday Ruth's Chris Steakhouse Shoney's Steak 'n Shake Texas Roadhouse TGI Friday's The Capital Grille The Cheesecake Factory Wahlburgers If you're craving some quick, easy food but don't feel like leaving the house, you can always fall back on pizza delivery on New Year's Day. Since pizza is typically a very popular craving during holidays like New Year's Eve and Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day, many pizza chains such as Little Caesars, Pizza Hut and Domino's Pizza often remain open in order to accommodate the high demand of people ordering out. The Stock Market, Banks, USPS & Other Federal Services Will be Closed on New Year's Day Judge Revives Sarah Palin's Defamation Lawsuit Against NY Times Sarah Palin stated in an amended vilification lawsuit against the New York Times Monday that the deep-seated "strong hostility and ill-will" of the newspaper's editorial page editor toward her motivated him to connect her to a mass shooting falsely. Palin, the 2008 Republican VP candidate, and former Alaska governor made her claim against the editor, James Bennet, almost five months after the federal appeals court in Manhattan recovered her lawsuit, saying the trial judge had wrongly rejected it. Palin is urging damages "far in excess" of $75,000. Her attorneys didn't instantly reply to requests for comment. The suit arose from a June 14, 2017 editorial that Palin stated wrongly tied her to the January 2011 mass shooting, where six individuals died, and Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was severely wounded. That editorial said Palin's political action panel had distributed a map that put Giffords and 19 other Democrats under "stylized crosshairs" before the congresswoman was shot. The Times later rectified the editorial, saying there was no connection between "political rhetoric" and the Giffords shooting. Bennet has stated he had not intended to blame Palin for the Giffords shooting; however, he was making a point about the political environment. In returning the lawsuit, which further calls Bennet as a defendant, the appeals court stated on August 6 that Palin had reasonably alleged that the Times slandered her. However, she still bore the "high" pressure of showing it acted with "actual malice." U.S. District Choose Jed Rakoff in Manhattan supervises the case and has registered a June 22, 2020 trial.