Restaurateurs say: Don’t stay home for holidays

Christmas Eve has typically been a slow night in the restaurant business as many consumers would huddle by the fire at home waiting for Santa.

But not any more.

Now, Christmas Eve has become a popular night to dine out, almost rivaling New Year’s Eve, and an increasing number of restaurant operators are promoting elaborate Christmas Eve feasts to boost slow December sales.

Payard Bistro in Manhattan, for example, is scheduled to be open on Christmas Eve for the

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