Lexington restaurants are just days away from what they call busy season. Home football games and Keeneland races keep servers on their feet throughout most of October. Now add in thousands of World Equestrian Games spectators and you've got a recipe for a restaurant rush.
"We've got some large group booking upstairs. And then we have some groups of about 10-12 that are just booking like almost every night," says Debbie Long with Dudley's.
"All we can do is prepare. We've got enough wine, we've got enough food," says Elise Menold with Bluegrass Hospitality Group.
Menold says they'll have more receptionists working during WEG. Other restaurants we talked with are actually bringing in servers from Cincinnati and Columbus to help their Lexington crews.
"We don't have any clue how many people are coming, but we're welcoming everybody," says Menold.
Hotel managers are facing a lot of the same challenges restaurant owners do. They're preparing for a crowd, just not exactly sure how many to expect as soon as the games start.
"A lot of people have pre-booked in advance for the World Equestrian Games and right now we are getting people that are coming in at the last minute," says Bri Lester with Marriott's Residence Inn.
Their weekends are booked, but we found a lot of spots, like the Residence Inn, with weekday vacancies.