MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) – New Years Eve is a busy night for many bars and restaurants. But for a second year in a row, growing concerns over COVID-19 pose a challenge for businesses. Many have faced the dilemma of canceling their New Year’s party or continuing.
Safehouse, a Marcus Group restaurant, is one place that has decided to stay open. The group will continue to follow CDC guidelines and the heightened security measures it put in place when it reopens in June 2021.
Safe house, a Marcus Group restaurant is a place that stays open for its popular New Years Eve party Cheers Heard Around the World. The restaurant will follow the same strict security protocols it began after reopening in June.
âWe take this very seriously. We want to make sure we take care of everyone,â Safehouse CEO Nicholas Dillon said.
After shutting down for 14 months and canceling their 2020 New Years celebration, Dillon says the disinfection and masks worked for the Safehouse.
He said the response from customers has been enthusiasm.
âWe’re selling a lot of tickets, it’s going to be a lot of fun, there will be a lot of people here having a safe fun,â Dillon said.
New Years Eve at Vino Third Ward is also still going on. Management says they’ve already sold about 80 percent of their tickets overnight.
Other places had to close their doors for the end of the year celebrations.
Some due to staff shortages and others out of caution, as the Omicron variant is causing an increase in cases in Wisconsin.
For Lakefront Brewery, that means there is no fried fish on Friday for New Years Eve – a generally very busy night.
âHaving the brewery full of people is not such a good idea,â said Stodola.
Lakefront has decided to close its doors not just for the night, but for the week. The restaurant will reopen Monday January 3 at the earliest.
“It wasn’t necessarily a difficult decision, but we felt it was necessary, âsaid Michael Stodola, Brand Director at Lakefront.
Food and beer can always be ordered to take out.
Other places that still have parties include the Potawotami Hotel and Casino and The Pfister.
Dubbel Dutch and the Mitchell Park Domes have canceled their New Years Eve parties.