Downtown businesses prepare for boom from Red Stick Revelers.

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POSTED: Monday, December 30, 2013 - 5:58pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, December 31, 2013 - 8:02am

Reservations at downtown eateries are already filling up for Tuesday's new year's eve celebration.

"We are still pretty much full, minus the fact we want to try and push some people to 9:00, 10:00. And like I said, we'll be open late," explained Eric Carnegie of Stroube’s Restaurant.

It’s the first of what's promised to be an annual New Year’s Eve celebration for the capitol city. In the first year many are expecting to use it as a money maker and an opportunity to work out some kinks for later years.

"We don't know, with the tables, someone may have a reservation for 8:00 and they may want to sit until 11:00 and go out there. We’re just trying to figure out trial by error and see what we do," shared Carnegie.

But downtown businesses have not shied away from the challenge, they are welcoming the hoped for boost to their bottom line.

"We’ve already pre-sold about 110, 120 tickets, plus we have a VIP party booked already as well," shared Veach Tucker of Roux House.

"It will increase our sales dramatically, just the bar alone with people wanting to come inside and get a drink and stuff like that. I’d like to do at least 20% more, maybe 30%," said Carnegie.

For many who've worked in the area for years, it's a testament to just how much the capital city has grown.

"When we first bought this property here to do this restaurant this is what we envisioned, stuff like this being done to bring people downtown in general," said Carnegie.

“It’s really grown up. where it was and where it is now, it's great to see all the restaurants and bars down here, and everybody pulls their own weight and it really has created a cool atmosphere. It’s very exciting," Tucker said.

The Red Stick Revelry festivities start at 9:00PM in Town Square.

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