Downtown expects Biggest Turnout in Years

By: Rachel Thomas Email
By: Rachel Thomas Email

With the governor's inauguration Saturday morning and New Year's Eve celebration's Friday night, downtown Lansing is expecting one of the biggest turnouts in years.

"It's not a usual thing for the hotel to sell out on New Year's Eve. So it's a good thing to see that it is happening this year," said assistant general manager of the Radisson Bryan Johnson.

It's been about 25 years, Radisson managers say, since all 256 rooms were full on New Year's. Downtown restaurants are also benefitting as calls for reservations ring off the hook.

"It's going to look like a full house with everybody celebrating," said executive chef and manager of Troppo Jason Keusch.

Troppo restaurant is throwing it's first New Year's Eve bash at its new location that is triple the size of their last. Managers still expect to fill to capacity. As restaurants are pleasantly surprised by the boom in business, cab drivers say they've looking forward to it all year.

"New Year's Eve is a big night for us. We wait for it all year. The day before Thanksgiving and New Years are probably our biggest days," said Green Cab driver Bill Narita.

Business managers are optimistic the local economy is picking up with the New Year.

"There's a turn around in Lansing. Some people are coming that maybe wouldn't have come downtown for New Year's," said Johnson.

"With the new businesses and events going on, there is a new energy in downtown. Every year downtown gets better," said Keusch.

Downtown managers say nearly every employee on staff will be working Friday night.

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