RICHMOND (WRIC) - All across Richmond the story is the same. On New Year's Eve, expect big crowds, having big fun, to cap off a big year.
"All of our restaurants phones have rung off the hook," F.W. Sullivan's owner Jake Crocker says. "It's definitely night and day compared to last year."
Crocker says he is pleasantly surprised at the level of enthusiasm leading up to the night's celebrations.
"My sense is people just seem to be in a more positive mood rounding out the new year. The economy is on the upswing, the energy is high in Richmond, we're coming off a great year where the city has just had such positive energy."
Just down the road at Can Can Brasserie, a reservation for New Year's is near impossible to find.
"We're pretty booked right now," says manager Devon Tubbs. "It's possible that people will cancel, but we already have a wait list going for cancellation."
But a night on the town for New Year's Eve Celebrations isn't for everyone. Some say they rather spend the night celebrating with friends in the comfort of their own homes.
"I think for us it's different because we have grown up in Richmond, so it's not as big of a deal for us to go downtown and hit up some of those spots," says Madelaine Spangler.
If you do plan on going out to a restaurant on New Year's Eve, many of them do recommend to call ahead to make sure they do have room.
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