Scott Sievwright expects his Greenwich tavern will score big on Super Bowl Sunday. "For the past five years, a lot of people come in for the Super Bowl Pool, said the owner of MacDuff's Public House, 99 Railroad Ave. We always put out a bunch of snacks on the bar with everything you need and tables are set up stadium style to watch the game."
But footballs biggest game, this year pitting the Pittsburgh Steelers against the Green Bay Packers, is no guarantee of super business for bar owners. Kami Drake, manager at Sundown Saloon on Greenwich Avenue, said business has always been slow on Super Bowl Sunday. "Come the playoffs and prior to the Super Bowl, it's packed every Sunday," she said. "I think a lot of people stay home and host their own parties."
The menu at MacDuff's was created with the gridiron extravaganza in mind. "Our whole menu works its way into it," Sievwright said. "Everything is conducive to football."
Many of the Greenwich residents who will watch from home nevertheless opt for takeout, Drake said. "We run Super Bowl takeout specials with wings, burgers and fries ranging from $39 to $89. But for five years we haven't really promoted ourselves for the Super Bowl because we have never done well."
At the Beach House Café in Old Greenwich, general manager Ozzy Morales said he expects a full bar of people enjoying the game. "People who put their money into the Super Bowl pool will come in and see if they won at the end of the night," he said. Specials include beer buckets and "bar-like" appetizers.
It helps when the game features a local team. "Business is always better when the Jets or the Giants are in it, but we're usually very busy," said Sievwright. "We get a lot of regulars who come in and watch the game. When people walk by and see it's busy, they'll also want to come in"
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