Owners and officers anticipating busy night before Thanksgiving

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Buffalo bar owners say the night before Thanksgiving, often referred to as Thanksgiving Eve, is one of the busiest nights of the year for them.

“It’s just a busy, busy day,” said Marc Frisicaro who owns Frizzy’s on Allen Street.  “A lot of prep goes into preparing for this day also – have to order a lot of extra beer and extra liquor and extra personnel and staff on.”

The extra staff come in to make sure everyone stays safe.

“We have extra security on to make sure everybody behaves themselves,” said Frisicaro.

Police are upping their units to make sure people are behaving as well.

“We increase patrols, we’re prepared for it and we try to keep the people safe,” said Sgt. Rick Lauricella with the Erie County Sheriff’s Office. “That’s our number one priority — to keep the people safe.”

Sgt. Lauricella said their patrolling units will be looking for increased hazardous driving such as DWIs, speeding and aggressive driving. He insists everyone frequenting the bars on their busiest night have a designated driver in place or take a cab home so they can get there safely and celebrate Thanksgiving with their loved ones.


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