Preparing for the New Year’s rush

Around the world, people are celebrating the arrival of the new year with food, fireworks, or getting together with friends and family. New York City entertains close to a million people in Times Square for their iconic New Year’s Eve celebration.

But here at home, we’re getting ready for the festivities as well. Local bar, business, and restaurant owners expect everyone to start filing out for dinner and drinks before the night of festivities. One thing’s for sure, everyone will ring in 2015 at midnight, but it’s more than the local hangouts that are preparing for the big night.

JP’s Bar and Grill is one of the places anticipating a big crowd New Year’s Eve night. Bar Manager, Scott Hocker says he already has large party reservations- some with 30 people. With so many reservations and already knowing the usual crowd, Hocker says business with probably be close to double tonight.

The trick is sometimes making sure there is enough revenue to sell. Hocker says, “You have to have the staff on hand and enough food and enough beverages for everyone.”

Another key element to hosting New Year’s Eve, “Safety, safety’s the bottom line for New Year’s Eve.” Although with so much experience in the food industry it’s inevitable for the night to go without bumps, “Regardless how well you maintain and monitor everybody you can’t always tell what someone’s had before they walk in the door,” says Hocker.

Sometimes that means a ride to the other side of town. McCracken County Jailer, Bill Adams says traffic also doubles in his cells New Years Eve night, “More parties, more alcohol just tends to flow a little freer that night.”

Midnight seems to be the magic time of night with more people being booked in the jail. And the final word of warning, “Drive safe, stay sober, have a designated driver.”

Tonight, JP’s and other bars and restaurants will be offering free non-alcoholic beverages for those designated drivers, and all should have cab company numbers on hand for those who need it. 

As per the jail, Bill Adams says they’re ready for the ‘rush’, but they don’t need the extra staffing tonight.

And as a reminder, if you get a DUI, it could cost you more than $20,000.

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