Winnie Anne Wright
January 1, 2014
From ice skating, to fire works, to celebrating New Year's Eve in Downtown Tallahassee, local residents had plenty of options on how to ring in the new year. But with the holiday landing on a week day this year, local businesses were worried many would be tempted to sing Auld Lang Syne from the comfort of their own home.
"This is my first year working here during New Year's. I definitely was very surprised that so many people turned out. Everybody had a great time", says Maura Andrews, a bar tender at Poor Paul's Bar.
Despite students being home for the winter holiday and Noles fans heading out to Pasadena for the big game, restaurant managers say business was pretty steady in Tallahassee for the New Year's holiday.
"It was pretty poppin last night, if I can say that. We had a lot of people. It was actually kind of hard to see everyone. We couldn't see out to the booths because there were so many people. We were passing out champagne. People were drinking bottles. We had a lot of shots. Everybody was having a good time", says Andrews.
"We have a pretty strong local following, so they know that the kids are out of town. So they like to come out and also a bunch of people that come home for the holidays to visit family, they'll come out too because they know it's not going to be quite as hectic as during the school year.", says Woody Harvey, Manager of Tomahawk Bar and Grill.
Many local bars and restaurants will also be open throughout the week showing the bowl games, leading up to the big game in Pasadena next Monday.