While most prefer their Thanksgiving and Christmas spreads home-cooked, it seems Americans crave someone else's cooking come New Year's Eve.According to the National Restaurant Association, twenty percent of adults will be out while they bring the new year in.
"It's going to be an Italian restaurant and we're just going to dress up, have a nice bottle of wine and just enjoy the evening," said Connie Robinson.
"I do most of the cooking at home so it's going to be nice to go out," said Brad Robinson.
"It's definitely a spike, we look forward to it at the end of the holiday season and it's a good night for us," said owner of Kool Beanz Cafe, Keith Baxter.
ONE fifth of adults still want someone else to cook, but would rather countdown at home. They order takeout or delivery. Combined, that's more than forty percent of adults who choose restaurant-cooking for their final meal of 2011.
To ensure your big night out, or in, is extraordinary, many eateries will have special menus December 31st.
"I've already picked out my item, pan crusted rain-bow trout," said Brad Robinson.
Restaurant owners say they look forward to the bump in business.
"This year has definitely been less growth then we've ever had in the 16 years I've been here," said Baxter.
He's one of many hoping for success in the new year.