Bars and restaurants say Potato Drop brought more customers

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Bars and restaurants say Potato Drop brought more customers

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by Stephanie Zepelin

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KTVB.COM

Posted on January 1, 2014 at 11:11 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 1 at 11:20 PM

BOISE -- The first-ever Idaho Potato Drop brought crowds to The Grove to catch the event Tuesday night. However, the revelers were not the only ones who enjoyed the event.

Bars and restaurants around The Grove gave positive feedback on the Idaho Potato Drop, and they told KTVB that it drove people inside to get something warm and keep the celebration going.

Local bars and restaurants were busy Tuesday night, as is typical for New Year's Eve.
    
"We were completely packed," said Cash Adolph, manager at Solid Grill and Bar. "We were full with large parties and our regular tables."

Adolph said the Potato Drop brought more customers in last night.

"It was nice," said Adolph. "I believe it added to, not detracted from."

Event founder Dylan Cline, said some business owners weren't so keen on the event when they first heard about it. However, he said some changed their tune after last night, and even contact him to thank him.

"(One business owner) said, 'You know what? It actually really bolstered my business last night, so thank you,'" said Cline.

Kristi Peppard has worked at Ha' Penny Bridge Pub for several New Year's Eve celebrations.
    
"It's normally pretty busy," Peppard said of their normal New Year's celebrations. "It's a lot of fun, lot of drinking, lot of partying, but it's normally typically pretty busy."

Peppard said the Potato Drop brought different people to the pub, in addition to a more typical crowd.

"A lot of families, lot of kids, it brought kids in, and a little bit different than your normal crowd here," Peppard said.

There are some other changes we could see next year, like a different location to accommodate more people.

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