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Some Lexington bars, restaurants redo New Year’s Eve after bomb scare cut the holiday short

Published: Jan. 1, 2021 at 8:43 PM CST
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - It was a New Year’s Eve “do-over” for some downtown restaurants and bars Friday night.

This comes after a scare of an RV parked in a lot off West Short on Thursday night after the explosion in Nashville on Christmas Day.

Police were called but no danger was found. The scene was cleared but not before a lot of financial damage was done for businesses who were depending on New Year’s revenue in what’s already been a painful year.

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Elixir Downtown just opened in June and its owner was looking forward to an exclamation point to a tough year on New Year’s Eve.

“We were excited. We were sold out,” said owner Steve Scaldaferri.

But that already limited crowd—thanks to Covid— then had to evacuate.

“It was our opportunity because of the challenges we had in 2020. I’m not going to be silly to think it was gone, but to put 2020 in the past,” Scaldaferri said.

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2021 is going forward, but some business owners wanted to rewind, for maybe one more day. To relive New Year’s Eve on New Year’s Day —night?

“Our chef spent 15 to 16 hour days in here, since Sunday, preparing for this. Getting ready for it. So we’re going to give him an opportunity to do that tonight and tomorrow night. And feature the same menu,” said Scaldaferri.

John Kitchen and Brittany Hall were among those who came back for New Year’s Eve — part two.

“Tough night for everybody, but we promised Stephen we would come back and try that big rib eye steak. We are hoping it turns out better tonight,” said Kitchen.

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