LAKEWOOD RANCH -- New Year's Eve will bring festivities galore for residents and neighbors of the master-planned community.
The largest New Year's Eve party in Lakewood Ranch will take place at the Polo Grill and Fete Ballroom on Main Street. A popular prix-fixe, four-course meal will be served in the Polo Grill restaurant, complete with live entertainment, dancing, party blowers, hats and champagne to celebrate at the stroke of midnight.
"Almost all our employees, about 58, are working these combined holidays and it's amazing how hard they work. But our customers reward them with generosity and kindness," said co-owner Jaymie Klauber. "We've grown a lot since we bought the Grill in 2008, and we want to be the place everyone thinks of in Lakewood Ranch."
Klauber said reservations for the grill's 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. New Year's Eve seatings can be made online at pologrillandbar.com.
More casual festivities await party
goers on Main Street at Ed's Tavern, next to Lakewood Ranch Cinemas. The family sports bar and restaurant will be open until 2 a.m. on New Year's Day, offering drinks and appetizers specials, a free champagne for a toast at midnight, and dancing hosted to music provided by a local DJ.
Reservations are being accepted, but those who make last-minute plans for New Year's Eve are welcome at the door, according to Adam Greenaway, manager of Ed's Tavern, who said all the activities on Main Street in the past year have helped his business.
"If we could have an event every day, that would be great. It brings people to the local area that normally don't come here and we get residual business after that," he said. "We even have a good relationship with the movie theater next door. For just $12, you can get soup, sandwich and a movie ticket any time of day, any day of the week. That's hard to beat."
At MacAllisters Grill & Tavern, the Scottish golf-themed restaurant will be open until 8 p.m. New Year's Eve serving dinner by reservation only. A sign on the door is a heart-felt holiday message from long-time owners Malcolm and Karen Ronny, who recently sold the restaurant and are taking on a new venture:
"We thank you for all your support over the years and enjoy the holidays with your family."
For the Lakewood Centre crowd near State Road 70 north of Main Street, Truman's Tap & Grill in the Publix Shopping Center is planning to serve a lingering group of patrons who may stay later than its usual 10:30 p.m. closing time.
Managing partner Jason Seelbach, accompanied by a staff of about 15, will be on hand to celebrate with regulars who don't have a party to attend and who may want to stay and hang out with friends.
"We'll make it a personal, rather than a business event and I'm sure we'll see the same faces that want to celebrate with us," Seelbach said.
Truman's will keep its bar and kitchen open and plans to offer champagne to those who help ring in 2015.
Kathryn Moschella, Lakewood Ranch reporter can be reached at 941-745-7010. Follow her on Twitter @MoschellaHera