Louisville churches and restaurants prepare for Easter weekend

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Turkey ribs, macaroni and cheese and BBQ baked beans.

Shack in the Back in Fairdale says Easter weekend is big business.

"This is the smokers we use for cooking the ham and turkeys," said owner Mike Sivells. "We also do smoked salmon for Lent. We cook all the hams and turkeys in here. It's a true wood-fired stove."

It's a Good Friday in more than one way here. This holiday weekend is almost equal to Christmas, business-wise.

But Thanksgiving is still Number One. 

"We generally start 2-3 days before Easter," Sivells said. "It takes a while for this to get prepped, cooked and ready."

"Right now we're up to about 90 orders, and basically each year it grows about 10-15 percent and people really look forward to it," added owner Barbara Sivells.

They have plenty of extras on hand for last minute customers through Saturday. People are ordering the smoked hams with brown sugar glaze and pineapples and cherries.

At Cathedral of the Assumption, Father Jeff Nicolas is getting ready for a busy weekend. People are here for the Stations of the Cross, walking the route that Jesus walked. A lot of are expected for Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday masses.

"On Good Friday, as a church this is a day that Jesus gave his life, that the father sacrificed his son, so we could live," Nicolas said. "It's a very solemn day and a very prayerful day for us."

In a video for Southeast Christian Church, Senior Pastor Dave Stone says, "We are really going after it this year. Let's Easter together. Last year, we had 22 Easter services. This year, we'll have 34."

Southeast is getting ready for thousands of people at four campuses. The church is trying to reach people in new ways with social media, six billboards, 30 bus signs and 10 bus shelters. 

Back at the restaurant, the owners say they've been working 18-hour shifts to get ready for this weekend, but it's all worth it.

"Over the last 10 years, we have seen so many people that come back every year for their hams and turkeys," said Barbara Sivells. "It's just exciting to know that you're part of their family on Sunday."

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