Many People to Party Hard at Home

By: Bill Martens
By: Bill Martens

If you happen to swing by the meat department at County Market, say hello to Keith Bauer. He's been there since 1985, but is calling it quits on Sunday, but before that day comes, he's going to be busy dealing with lots of people picking up take-out.

"It becomes a real economical meal," says Bauer. "When you really put a dollar and cents thing to it, that you can enjoy that steak for three, four dollars for their steak, rather than going out to the restaurant kind of thing and paying much, much more than that."

Another reason may have to do with alcohol. If you plan on drinking, might as well stay home so you don't have to worry about driving. Plus, if all that Christmas hype wore you down, here's a holiday for your efforts.

"A lot of people get exhausted with Christmas shopping and everything, and New Year's is just - enjoy yourselves," says Julie Mathiasen. "(Joe's) invited, as I said, some very good friends, and I think it'll be a lovely evening."

It's not just steaks and seafood that do real well around New Year's. Party supplies also do well. With a lot of people spending their New Year's at home now days, you can imagine stuff like that to make their place look more festive is in high-demand.

The shelves are full now, but Walgreen’s says they probably won't stay that way, as last-minute shoppers come in. Same with County Market, as 3000 pounds of rib eye steaks are expected to be sold New Year's Eve.

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