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Gateway businesses hope NYE event will boost sales

Posted at 9:11 PM, Dec 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-31 23:11:34-05

SALT LAKE CITY — The Gateway in Downtown Salt Lake City is hosting one of the largest events in the area for a ‘Last Hurrah’ of the year. About 600 ticketed people are expected to attend the event complete with live music and fireworks.

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While people need tickets to attend the sold-out event, people don’t need a ticket to enter the nearby bars and restaurants like the Seabird Bar. This could be one of the busiest nights since the pandemic,” Mattchew James Cantu-Thibault, Seabird Bar manager, said.

“We are expecting it to be busier than usual. We are trying to adapt to whatever will happen if we are super busy. We have hired extra security; we will be on top of the occupancy. We are going to make sure everyone is spaced out and sitting down,” he said.

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Before the fireworks even began, the operations manager at Dave & Buster’s said it was a busy night, something they’ve seen the last few days.

“We have seen a surge in sales and its given them a confidence that I think the first few months was kind of hard to re-instill in them,” Brian Mcgilvray said.”

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