Texas restaurants gear up for Super Bowl Sunday – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

North Texas businesses are gearing up for a busy Super Bowl weekend with many bars and restaurants hosting fan watch parties.

Super Bowl LVI between the Los Angeles Rams and the Cincinnati Bengals will be played on Sunday, February 13 at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, California. At The Social House in Arlington, server Jacob Brockett said he was ready to serve all guests expected on Sunday.

“I know we do like stages, so we’re going to do our wings. We have towers for beers, mimosas,” Brockett said. “I’m really looking forward to engaging with more people now. It’s been so slow for so long because of everything. It’s good that everyone is coming back.”

According to the National Retail Federation, a survey found that 184.5 million American adults said they plan to log on to the big game this year. Despite the continued impacts of the pandemic, the NRF reports that consumers are feeling more comfortable bringing back some game day traditions.

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“This year, 90 million people plan to host or attend a party, up from 62.8 million last year, and an additional 13.7 million adults plan to watch the match at a bar or restaurant. Total spending on food, drink, clothing, decorations and other purchases for the day is expected to reach $14.6 billion,” according to the federation.

Melissa Stewart, senior executive director of the Texas Restaurant Association, said the rise in cases of the omicron variant in recent months has been a setback for the restaurant industry already facing supply chain issues. supply and labor shortages. While sports bars are traditionally busier than restaurants on Super Bowl weekends, Stewart said Texas restaurants offering take-out alcohol and dine-in options could also see a boost.

“We know the consumer demand is there. It’s really a question of what they are capable of doing, what they are interested in doing,” she said. “Throughout the pandemic, we’ve really seen a lot more of these house parties. We think we’ll see a lot.

Poppy’s Wings based in McKinney is owned by the family of Louis Chapman. They opened in December 2020 and the growth of the business has exceeded their expectations, Chapman said. They are gearing up to sell around 2,000 wings on Sunday through pickup and delivery orders.

“We have a large family, so we are used to cooking a lot of food. It’s kind of second nature. We all love to cook. We all step in,” he said. “As long as we do better today than yesterday. That’s pretty much the family motto.

According to the National Retail Federation, total spending on food, drink, clothing, decorations and other purchases for Super Bowl Sunday is expected to reach $14.6 billion.

Super Bowl LVI kicks off Sunday, February 13 at 5:30 p.m. on NBC.

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