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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — With clear skies and unusually warm temperatures expected on New Year’s Eve, bars and restaurants across the Triad are ready for larger crowds.

There were so many beer trucks making deliveries on Trade Street in Winston-Salem Friday that cars had to figure out how to maneuver safely between lanes.

Peter Moran, kitchen manager at Finnegan’s Wake, said that’s because only one thing can realistically ruin an NYE party.

“The logistics are you don’t want to run out of beer,” Moran said.

Over in Greensboro, Lotus Lounge owner Chris Gregory is thinking about the economy as he prepares. He said he doesn’t expect to change drink or entrance prices in order to draw a crowd.

“The economy is really bad, actually. Take into account back when you could charge $30 a ticket for New Year’s Eve. I wouldn’t suggest that in today’s market,” said Gregory, who has drawn 1,000 people on previous NYE celebrations.

Many downtown Greensboro business owners said they’re prepared for NYE, as North Carolina A&T’s homecoming is actually busier.

Meanwhile, business owners in downtown Winston-Salem said while things are picking up on their own, the city still needs a centerpiece to make it an NYE destination.