ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) – Hello 2019, goodbye 2018. Thousands of people are ringing in the new year in downtown Rochester.
Minneapolis band Porcupine performed along with Live DJs from Rochester’s Apollo Music Group at The Castle.
“Last year at this time, a bunch of us, we had just purchased this building, hadn’t started the demolition or renovations yet and we spent our new year’s eve here with friends and a potluck style just getting to know the new space and dreaming about what it could be like if we hosted a new year’s eve party,” said Naura Anderson, the director of Threshold Arts at the Castle. “Fast forward just a year later, and the amount of work we’ve done to transform this building and this space and turn it into something new for the community is really what we’re most excited about.”
Downstairs at Cameo, new business owners are celebrating by offering five-course meals.
“The team is very excited. I think we’re all starting to get into our groove a little bit more. It’s been a learning experience for all of us,” said Danika Ohly. “The holidays have been nice and busy, so we’re just hoping to keep it going.”
For people who wanted a taste of Moroccan flavor, Casablanca had traditional dishes and a belly dance show.
“My husband is originally from Morocco,” said Amber Bojji, co-owner of Casablanca. “When we talked about opening the restaurant and doing this, I always thought he should do something MorroccaMoroccan or something from his heritage.”