Bash on Broadway Brings In Big Profits for Downtown Businesses
by Jason Lamb
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Bash on Broadway is over, but business owners are just now starting to count up the profits from all the visitors who stopped by to ring in 2013.
The Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau says 50,000 people watched the note drop downtown on New Year's Eve -- a near-record crowd despite the rain pouring down at times before midnight.
The bureau says that translates to $10 million in direct visitor spending.
Bars and restaurants said that extra money has been especially beneficial to them this year because there hasn't been a hockey season.
"Not too many Mondays have we done the amount of sales we did last night," said Lucas Glover at the Big River Grille. "That was more like a Saturday in the middle of the summer, as opposed to what we do on a Monday night."
The $10 million direct visitor spending figure is just an estimate right now. After the bureau talks to more hotels, they'll have a better idea of what visitors spent.