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Tri-State businesses bubbling over in anticipation of New Year's Eve

December 31, 2007|By ERIN CUNNINGHAM

TRI-STATE - Before the countdown can begin and the ball can drop, area businesses must prepare for the party.

Managers say they are stocked up on champagne. Extra waiters and bartenders will be on duty. Some have hired bands or disc jockeys.

"We did stock up on champagne, but we have found that in the past, people don't really drink a lot of champagne," said Kendra Smith, manager of Fireside Restaurant and Lounge at the Plaza Hotel outside of Hagerstown.

The restaurant is expecting more than 200 guests for dinner, and Smith said additional people will fill the bar to ring in the new year.

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"It's definitely not a regular night," said Summer Russell, dining room supervisor of the Bavarian Inn & Lodge in Shepherdstown, W.Va. "It's definitely a much busier night than usual for us."

The restaurant is expecting about 160 people for a four-course dinner and champagne toast at midnight.

"I think the people are more excited," Russell said. "We definitely get people who are dressed fancier."

A band will be playing tonight, and she said the restaurant is renting a dance floor, which will be installed today.

In 19 years of bartending, Theresa Reeder says she has worked many New Year's Eves. She's been working at Colonial Restaurant & Lounge outside Hagerstown since August and said she is expecting a crowd tonight.

She says older couples will go early for the dinner specials, and a younger crowd will be at the bar tonight.

As usual, she expects people to be more excited than they would on a typical Monday, a day that tends to draw football fans.

"As long as I've been doing this job, it tends to be a little more heightened just because of the day it is," she said. "They'll be participating in singing and dancing more than normal."

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