WATERBURY, CT (WFSB) – Thanksgiving Eve is one of the biggest nights out for bars, and this year is expected to be even busier due to the easing of pandemic restrictions.
Thanksgiving Eve has always been a great night for business at Scoreboard Bar & Grill.
“We have a good crowd during the day and then it stretches into the night. Usually we’ve had groups in the past this Wednesday, ”said owner Frank Vigliotti.
Often referred to as “blackout Wednesdays” or “drinksgiving” bars tend to be filled with crowds of people at home for the holidays.
Vigliotti hopes to build on this year, by bringing in a group for the night as before.
Business still hasn’t reached pre-pandemic levels for him.
“Maybe they’d rather stay home or do something different. But hopefully things start to change, it’s been a slight uptick on Sunday for football so it’s been good,” Vigliotti said.
In anticipation of the crowds, Waterbury Police are planning to have more officers on patrol, especially around the town’s bars and restaurants.
“We’re going to make sure we have a strong officer presence. High visibility patrols the day before Thanksgiving to make sure everyone has a safe evening and to prevent any type of criminal activity from happening, ”said Waterbury Police Lt. Ryan Bessette.
Vigliotti hopes Wednesday will provide the impetus for a successful and profitable Thanksgiving weekend.
But in light of an increase in COVID cases in the state, he understands the reluctance of some.
“I hope people feel better about going out and it gets back to normal as soon as possible,” he said.
Waterbury Police have said they will increase their patrols throughout the holiday weekend, from Friday they will pay close attention to the Brass Mill Center and other malls and stores, claiming that ‘There has been an increase in shoplifting lately.
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