The “big game” has moderate impact on area bars in 2018

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Millions of dollars are spent on Super Bowl commercials, fans get together for parties and businesses welcome in more customers.

One might think area bars are making double and sometimes even triple on Super Bowl Sunday than any other Sunday.

But that’s not necessarily the case.

On Super Bowl Sunday in Texoma, football fans headed out for good food, drinks and friends.

Despite the appeal the Super Bowl may bring for a night out., some restaurants aren’t much busier than normal.

“Normal Sundays, we’re busier,” said Lacy Nabors, Backporch Drafthouse Bartender Manager.
“Like the playoff game, playoff Sunday, we were super busy.”

The lack of a crowd at some bars could have to with the fact that many gather at their homes and host super bowl parties. But there are exceptions.

“Yes. Very busy. The Super Bowl is very busy,” explained Samantha Dunn, a waitress at Parkway Grill.

And keeping up with the crowds, on Super Bowl Sunday can lead to bigger tips for local servers.

“[And that’s] because of a lot of regulars; but I work in the bar.”

And even if the place is not super packed.

“It’s a given that we’re gonna make a little less, because we are slower.
But we still have fun,” added Nabors.

The customers have fun as well. Some Patriots fans at Backporch recently moved to the area from New England. They were out celebrating the big game and another special occasion.

“Today is our four year anniversary,” said Grace, sitting next to her significant other, Cole.
“We got the Super Bowl, anniversary and just having a good date.”

Grace and Cole were watching alongside friends from Italy, who were enjoying their first big game.
They learned quickly what Super Bowl celebrations are all about.

“Good people. Good food. Good service,” Cole pointed out.

And that’s a winning combination in any playbook.

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