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Despite restrictions, bars and restaurants are still ready for you to ring in the New Year

Smoke Justis Covington
Posted at 5:13 PM, Dec 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-31 18:31:40-05

CINCINNATI — Even with a curfew in place and COVID-19 restrictions, bars and restaurants are hoping New Year’s Eve brings a little extra boost in business to end a difficult year.

"It's been challenging. It's been tough. We're still thankful for those that come out and support us,” said Holy Grail Tavern & Grille manager Denice Koenig. "Trying to celebrate this year that we've had so far. Excited to move on to 2021, hoping for a bigger and a brighter New Year."

Holy Grail Tavern & Grille, located at the Banks, is still planning to celebrate the holiday despite having to close by 10 p.m. Thursday due to a statewide curfew.

"Well we're going to do our best to ring in the New Year as best we can. We do have a DJ coming in this evening and we are going to do a champagne toast at 9."

Across the river in Covington, bars are also hoping they can appeal to customers who want to go out and celebrate but still feel safe.

"If you're looking for kind of a low key opportunity to celebrate the New Year, we've got lots of opportunities for you and space that you can feel comfortable and safe,” said Smoke Justis general manager Demian Wilson.”

His restaurant will have live music, food specials, and will stay open until midnight. Guests will have to be out before 2021 officially rings in, but Wilson said he hopes that still appeals to customers.

"We're kind of anticipating an early rush and then kind of just dissipating as people gather at home and does a low key kind of New Years,” he said.