Obama Watchers Help CT Businesses Boom

So you can't make it to Washington, DC to see in person Barack Obama sworn in as our 44th president. There is good news, many Connecticut restaurants will have televisions tuned in for viewing. With the bars and restaurants expecting an exceptionally strong turnout, they're cooking up something special.

At Eli's on Whitney the celebration is starting early.  Monday night the Libertarian is coming in and celebrating a "Bye Bye Bush Party."

Then on Tuesday, Eli's is having food and drink specials all day long.

Mayor Mike's in Hartford is looking forward to the next four years and plans to kick it off the right way.  Owner Bob Peters says it's widely known that the President-elect loves his burger on a garlic bun and his chili, so they'll be serving up both.

 Even though Obama is a Democrat, Peters believes that for the inauguration most people with put politics aside for an opportunity to savor the special moment. "It's a historic moment and we think everyone's going to want to be a part of that," says Bob Peters.

If you're looking for somewhere to catch history on the big screen, you may want to head to the XL Center in Downtown Hartford.  The XL  Center will open its doors, free of charge, starting at 11 in the morning.  Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

Don't forget you'll be able to watch all the events live on NBCConnecticut.com or on air at NBC30.

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