Downtown bars prep for party people

By Megan Carpenter

November 27, 2013 Updated Nov 28, 2013 at 12:32 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Local pub and restaurant owners prepped for big crowds on Thanksgiving Eve, one of the busiest bar nights of the year.

Owners want those who were home for the holiday to kick back, relax, and enjoy a pint or some food at their establishment. Despite the snow and slick roads Wednesday night, bar owners said they still expected hundreds to come out.

For two particular downtown owners, this year was the first time they participated in the Thanksgiving Eve tradition. Zona & Co. Grille opened in January and Galaxy Brewing Company opened at the end of August.

"It's exciting," said Mike Tulsey, owner of Zona's Grille. "We've built a clientele now and everyone's excited. We're kind of a stopping point right around the corner from State Street."

"We're really looking forward to everybody coming down and just enjoying themselves here," said Michael Weisel, owner of Galaxy Brewing Co.

Despite their excitement, both owners said they were taking necessary measures to make sure everyone stayed safe on their watch.

"We have added security," Tulsey said, "just checking IDs at the door and adding some staff."

"We do card," Weisel said. "We do want to make sure everyone is 21."

Tulsey and Weisel said they expected a mostly young crowd Wednesday night. Tulsey said if anyone did need a cab that night, he was happy to make the call himself.

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