YAKIMA, Wash. - Despite the cold, large crowds spilled out onto the sidewalk in downtown Yakima for New Year's Eve.
Sports Center was at capacity and had to start turning people away. Many other local bars and restaurants had people crammed inside, as well as outside.
John Gasperetti, owner of Gasperetti's Restaurant on North 1st Street said business was great Monday night. In fact, he believes more people came out to celebrate 2013 than previous New Year's Eves.
Gasperetti said he was a bit concerned about what day of the week the holiday fell on, but ended up being pleasantly surprised.
"We were a little bit concerned because it was on a Monday evening. When it falls on a weekend it sometimes will generate a lot more business, but I think that everyone was ready to go out and celebrate," Gasperetti said.
Locals said they haven't seen downtown Yakima busy like that in a long time. Many local businesses offered special deals or brought in live music. Some of these businesses include the Red Lion Inn, Treveri Cellars and Gasperetti's Restaurant and Bar.