New Year's Eve Plans

By: Danielle Eldredge Email
By: Danielle Eldredge Email

Tallahassee, FL--12/27/11

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.

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  • by Tally H8R Location: Tally on Dec 28, 2011 at 02:04 PM
    Odd, every single person I know is desperately making plans to get the heck away from this nightmarishly boring town for New Year's. The ones who can't afford to go very far, either due to finances or scheduling, are at least planning to scurry away to Panama City or Jacksonville *shudder*. No one wants to be here.
  • by Jack on Dec 27, 2011 at 12:54 PM
    Me? I'm going to put away about 15 beers and play with explosives!
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      by Anonymous on Dec 28, 2011 at 05:21 AM in reply to Jack
      You must be my neighbor.
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        by Jack on Dec 28, 2011 at 06:21 AM in reply to Anonymous
        Where do you live?? LOL
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        by FTW on Dec 28, 2011 at 07:15 AM in reply to Anonymous
        Um, it's Tallahassee. It's everyone's neighbor.
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