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Local restaurants prepare for New Year's Eve celebrations

Posted at 9:35 AM, Dec 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-30 18:41:51-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — In just a few days, we'll leave 2020 behind and start a new year. While local businesses are offering a chance to ring in 2021, celebrations will look different.

“You're not going to see as much of the bar activity that you're used to, but we'll still have all of our tables open. We're still going to have champagne flowing and some bourbon available to drink,” said Virgil Covington, a market partner for Bluegrass Hospitality Group, which owns Malone’s, OBC Kitchen, Drake's, Harry’s, and Aqua Sushi restaurants.

Just like throughout most of the year, diners will be spaced out at Malone’s as they enjoy a special menu. OBC Kitchen will offer its regular menu, but Covington says there will be some holiday specials like champagne and a 'Pappy New Year' flight.

Whether you make a reservation or stop in at the last-minute, the party will start a little earlier this year.

“The curfew is about 11, so our last seating will be around 10,” said Covington.

The Holly Hill Inn in Midway is allowing people to bring the restaurant home by offering three-course and four-course dinners to go.

“You can buy a bottle of champagne if you want," owner Ouita Michel. "We have a wine list available to go as well. Then you can celebrate at home. We wanted to make sure that everything that we were doing was still contributing to that sense of celebration.”

In Kentucky, the last call at restaurants is at 11:00 p.m. and doors close at midnight, meaning there will be just enough time to watch the ball drop and say goodbye to 2020.