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Bars in Fort Wayne shifted some plans to safely celebrate New Years Eve

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne's NBC) -- Some bars here in Fort Wayne celebrated New Year's Eve a little different, ringing in the new year.

Welch's Ale House and Tower Bar and Grill had some changes in place in how they celebrated. 

With the ongoing pandemic, it was all about sticking with safety precautions. 

"We're going to keep being safe,” Front of House Manager of Welch’s Ale House David Skalicyk said. “We're going to keep operating at 50 percent and we'll be closing at 10 o’clock. 

They would usually have a band or comedian come to the ale house, but that wasn't possible. 

However, they still wanted to make it special for those who support them. 

“That's kind of a special thing,” Skalicyk said. “In restaurants, you build relationships over time and I personally get to spend a lot of my time that I get to see on a regular basis.” 

Skalicyk told Fort Wayne's NBC News they did a midnight toast at 10 and shared a toast. 

Even though restrictions were lifted, Welch's Ale House still decided to close after their toast.  

One frequent customer David Jones says he's happy to have a fresh start. 

"At this stage of the year yes,” he said. “I'm glad it's over. I'm hoping that some good things happen starting next year." 

Another bar in Fort Wayne, Tower Bar and Grill did stay open till three a.m. 

Bartender Amy Hicks told Fort Wayne's NBC News they had a toast and countdown. 

She says this year is like no other and she’s ready for what's to come. 

"I think you're always happy a new year is coming to see what the future holds,” she said. “I'm definitely excited to see what we're going to have next year.” 

Michael Thomas is a regular customer at Tower Bar and Grill, he told Fort Wayne's NBC News many people have learned a lot this year. 

He says we've got to come together and support each other. 

“We need to do things to kind of be to the point of where we take care of each other again,” he said. “Getting back to taking care of one another, care about what people do and love each other." 

Tower Bar and Grill also offered carry out and curbside for their customers, who didn't feel comfortable dining in 

Welch’s Ale House said they will keep the same restriction in place and they appreciate the support from the community during this pandemic.  

Vince Lovergine

Vince Lovergine joined the WPTA team August 2020 as a multimedia journalist.

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