PLATTSBURGH — For some, it was a night on the town.
But many local people rang in 2014 in a familiar place: their own homes.
Restaurants and bars around the area were packed last night, for sure.
Katie Welch, restaurant manager at The View at the Mirror Lake Inn, was expecting a big crowd at the popular Lake Placid restaurant.
“We’re about full,” she said Tuesday afternoon. “We might have one table open, but reservations have been very strong.”
Anthony’s in Plattsburgh was 100 percent booked.
“We have about 270 reservations, and we’ll probably do a little more than that with walk-ins,” said Manager Scott Williams. “We’re right on track with past years — and very happy.”
Carol McLean, owner of Irises in downtown Plattsburgh, said they were getting a lot of last-minute calls Tuesday from people looking for reservations.
“We already have, in reservations, the amount of dinners that we had last year,” she said. “With the weather, we can have last-minute cancellations, but we can also have walk-ins, so that tends to balance out.
“Also, we have music this year, which we didn’t have last year, so we’re hoping for a crowd at the bar.”
But a number of Press-Republican Facebook readers opted for a quiet night in. When we asked them Tuesday to share their plans for last night, here are some of the responses:
Pamela LaDue Macey: “Staying home where it’s nice and warm.”
Deidre M. Duffina: “Staying in. Having some friends over to hang out.”
Betty Robert: “Staying in, being safe.”
Heidi Richard: “Going to the Plattsburgh Legion with my boyfriend and Mom.”
Samuel Murugi: “In church.”
Lindsey Parent: “I will be slinging drinks at The Monopole! Woot woot.”
Sondra Gillett: “We and the kids are staying home and having a little party with pigs in a blanket, mozzarella sticks, chips and dips, sparkling apple cider, frosted brownies, games, dancing, etc.”
Sarah Ryan: “Staying home.....going to get all jacked up on gin.......gingerale that is Bahahaha!!!!”
Chizzie Lovell: “Stay in. Too many morons drinking and driving.”
Sue Hagar-Miller: “Stayin’ in and stayin’ safe!!!!”
Rachel Carter: “IT’S MY BIRTHDAY!!!!! Dinner, birthday cakes and fireworks on the Burlington waterfront!”
Tina Kratz-Dormann: “Small EARLY party at my house.”
Jay Bleeker: “We celebrated last night - I’ll be at work for 7AM on 1-1-14!”
Toni Pelno: “I work the overnights at McDonald’s.”
Eunice LeClair: “We are sharing our night with special friends right at home and having about 10 for a New Year’s Day dinner. Many good things to reflect upon as this year ends, and hopefully health, love and laughter will prevail in 2014.”
— Contributing Writer Chris Fasolino added to this report.