MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) - Even as frigid temperatures gripped the upper Midwest for yet another day, many in the Twin Cities are planning to get out and ring in the New Year despite the weather.
Though most bars and restaurants have been slow all week due to the cold, managers and service industry professionals all say it's a safe bet that New Years' crowds will more than make up for it.
"I think people are getting a little stir crazy,” General Manager Alli MacLoud of Chino Latino in Minneapolis said. "Weather impacts [business] a lot—the last two days weren’t quite as busy as they normally are—but it looks like tonight is going to make up for it."
MacLoud expects nearly 1200 people to walk through her doors tonight, making it one of the biggest nights of the year for the Uptown bar. Other establishments expect similar numbers, opening up extra entrances and stocking outdoor areas with extra heaters for overflow crowds--though that isn't to say the forecast didn't have some doubting their turnout.
"We called everybody just to make sure they were coming, MacLoud said. "Luckily cold doesn’t seem to be stopping them ... it sounds like it’ll be a good night.”