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Haymarket businesses welcome the new competition

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By: Jenn Schanz

Dozens of new restaurants, bars and hotels are making their way into the West Haymarket.

With the completion of the Entertainment District around the corner, the area's long running businesses are gearing up for new competition.

"With all these new venues coming in, the bars and things like that, we're a little nervous about keeping that same tradition," says Owner of Vincenzo's Mark Johnson.

The Italian eatery was the third restaurant to be built in the Haymarket.

It's been in business more than twenty years.

Johnson says he's excited for the new possibilities the Entertainment District brings, but wants to make sure the Haymarket remains a family friendly hot spot.

For loyal customers, new business doesn't pose a threat.

"The places down here in the Haymarket; they're very nice, the owners. And they've been with us for years. It's more like a tradition to come down here," says Rita Cassels of Lincoln.

Owner of The Mill Dan Sloan says the Haymarket's new additions will benefit veteran business too.

"A lot of people who live in the outlying areas of Lincoln don't get downtown that often. This will kind of draw them downtown and see what a fun place it is and hopefully they'll come back."

Both Sloan and Johnson welcome the new parking options that come along with the Haymarket expansion.

With three new garages, and around 3200 more spots, they think there will be room for everyone.

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