Portland business owners excited for first NYE without restrictions since 2020

PORTLAND Ore. (KPTV) – As residents prepare for the first New Year’s Eve without COVID-19 restrictions since the start of the pandemic, restaurants and businesses are doing the same.

“New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day are our busiest days,” said Hilda Dibay, owner of Nicolas Restaurant. “It’s a holiday and everyone is on holiday so it’s usually very busy.”

We met Dibe at his Southeast Madison location. She says they are preparing extra food and bringing in extra staff. They will be open on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

“We start as early as 5 in the morning,” said Dibe. “We make bread from scratch. We’ll be making hundreds of pita breads, baklava, tabouli salad, we chop parsley, roll up grape leaves. It’s getting pretty quick. I think we’ll probably be next.” Will serve over 2,000 people for two days.”

In Northeast Portland, Mark Byrum, owner of Urban Renaissance Group, says crews have been busy preparing for the past month at several locations in Tualatin and Portland.

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“Lots of action, lots of activity,” Byrum said. “The staff is busy setting up the many parties getting ready for the big night. Both Tualatin and Bricks Tavern in downtown Portland have four-course menus with DJs on both the property and the dance floor. At the Metropolitan Tavern, we have standing ballroom that will be open, as well as full service dinner.

Byrum says there’s still time to RSVP, but tickets are selling fast.

“You can go online and buy tickets for any property,” Byrum said. “We’re selling out early. That means everyone wants to go out and party. The excitement and the fact that we’ve sold out so many tickets and how many dinner reservations we’ve had, you can definitely see the difference between the last two years.” Can tell for sure. Combined, there will be thousands at our locations. We’ll probably see about 3,000.

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All of Urban Renaissance Group’s programs in Portland and Tualatin:

  • Bricks Tavern South with DJ Steven: Learn More & Buy Tickets
  • Metropolitan Tavern with DJ Vinny: Learn More & Buy Tickets
  • Gordon Tavern with DJ Mike: Learn More & Buy Tickets

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In Southeast Portland, Quantrell is preparing a nine-course meal for New Year’s Eve. Chef Reilly Eckersley says he can tell the townspeople are gearing up for this weekend’s festivities.

“I think everybody is excited for this,” Eckersley said. “I think there’s a buzz in the town. The concept behind our New Year’s Eve meal is good luck in the new year. All over the world and in different cultures in this country, dishes are good luck dishes.

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Chef Eckersley says the restaurant has been serving New Year’s Eve dinners for the past four years, pulling out all the stops for its customers.

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“You already have your oysters and your scallops on the tasting menu,” Eckersley said. “You can have some truffles, foie gras or caviar. On the New Year’s menu that’s all built in. I have two different kinds of caviar, two different ways because it’s New Years. Why No?”

No matter where you celebrate New Year’s Eve, everyone we spoke to urges safety ahead of the weekend’s festivities. In partnership with ODOT, TriMet is offering free rides after 8 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, they have extended hours from 2 a.m.


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