Big Plans To Celebrate The New Year

By Kelly McCarthy

December 28, 2012 Updated Dec 28, 2012 at 7:21 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The year 2012 will soon come to an end and local restaurants are already preparing for the party that will follow.

Some are sticking to traditional celebrations, and others are trying something different.

But regardless, there's a place for everyone and anyone to celebrate this New Year's Eve.

Tables at Cortese Restaurant are filling up fast.

One manager says they'll have between 35 and 40 employees working the holiday.

"They're long hours as we get into a night like New Year's Eve, it's a long night but it's a fun night and actually a lot of employees look forward to working that night," said Colleen Cortese.

"This will be my 22nd New Year's Eve, and it's such a great time, it's basically a family outside of a family when you come here," said Cortese waiter Andrew Fisher.

With a full menu, a live band, and cold drinks, It's a task that's more fun than frantic.

"We've been here since 1947 so we definitely have some predictability working for us, you know we've weathered many years of this so we kind of have an idea of where we're headed and try our best," said Cortese.

While many restaurants are busy preparing for their annual traditions, others are starting something new for 2013.

"We just decided to go in a whole different direction and have like a fun, inexpensive night for people because there's no cover," said Marie McKenna, Co-Owner of Lost Dog Café .

During the first few moments of typical new year, The Lost Dog Café is usually dark and empty.

"We're usually not open on New Year's Eve and we've opened this new lounge in June, so we decided let's do something really fun," said McKenna.

Which obviously means an 80's dance party.

With three DJ's, an open dance floor, and a full bar it could be the start of their own tradition.

"I'm not sure what the turn out, I think it will be busy? I'm not sure but I would say it will definitely be busy," said McKenna.

Hoping for the best, as they begin a New Year.

Cortese Restaurant is still accepting reservations and will be right up until New Year's Eve.

The Lost Dog café 80's Dance Party is from 10 p.m. - 2 a.m.

Both locations are offering a complimentary champagne toast.

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