New Year’s Eve celebrations in Perrysburg, Ohio

Most people chose to ring the doorbell with smaller celebrations in 2021, such as a bite to eat.

PERRYSBURG, Ohio – Northwest Ohio’s New Years Eve celebration looked a little different than 2020 ended.

In a normal year, downtown Toledo was full of people ready to ring in the new year in local bars and restaurants. But like everything in 2020, the celebrations did not go as usual.

Instead, all indoor restaurants closed at 10 p.m. under the current curfew. For many, the night was marked by early celebrations and dinners.

Benchmark’s general manager in Perrysburg, Jon Mickle, said finances were booming, but typical celebrations went broke.

“(In) every other year we would be open until midnight, so tonight we would lose two hours of dinner at the end of the night, which will likely result in another full restaurant seating,” Mickle said.

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Mickle said there was one positive difference this year: the addition of take-out.

“Since it’s obviously New Years Eve, we’re very busy in the restaurant,” he said, “but I think we’ll see some carryout business as well.”

Some clients at Benchmark said they wanted to stay on site if they wanted to go out to party.

“This is the first time I’ve been to this restaurant and I have to say that everything I’ve had is amazing,” said Chet Clocksin, who lives in Maumee.

Clocksin and his wife decided to have an early dinner and then watch movies at home. Like Christmas and Thanksgiving, they said they couldn’t have your typical big family gathering, but they are still grateful for all they have.

“Grateful for everything, right,” he said. “I mean, we can eat out here in a nice restaurant. We’re blessed. I feel blessed.”

While the farewell party of the year was quaint, many were excited that it was finally coming to an end.

“I’m grateful this is the last day of the year,” said Roger Debelly, a Sylvania resident.

He repeated the feeling most people shared on the last night of 2020.

“I’m looking forward to seeing it in the rearview mirror,” he added, “but it won’t change much. We still have things to deal with.”

But Debelly said that even though the year was tough, he still has all that matters.

“We did it. Our family made it healthy. Everyone I know did it healthy,” he said. “That’s all I’m interested in.”

People seem to ponder blessings as they move and look ahead.

“Good Liberation 2020,” said Clocksin, “and to a better year in 2021.”

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