By: KDKA-TV’s Jessica Guay
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Once a year, football fans get to enjoy the biggest game of the year, and bars and restaurants host one of their busiest nights.READ MORE: Mon Wharf Reopening For Parking On Monday
Bars and restaurants on the South Side are typically packed on Super Bowl Sunday. It will be quieter on East Carson Street, and restaurants could make less money compared to previous years.
A night full of beers and cheers. That’s a typical Super Bowl Sunday for businesses like Primanti Bros.
“It’s a busy day,” said Ryan Wilkinson, the director of marketing for Primanti Bros. “People are excited to come in and grab food or grab a drink and watch the game. This year will obviously be a little different.”
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“I think it will be less because of the seating arrangement we have with the capacity and what we can and cannot do. But whether we make, what comes in and whatnot, it’s just to create a safe and happy environment,” the restaurant’s owner said.
Primanti Bros is usually close to capacity for the Super Bowl. With the protocols in place, the business still wants people to come in to eat and drink safely or enjoy takeout.
“We’ve got a great takeout deal this year, which we’ve never really done before. So we’ve got a pizza and sandwich and wing package that is designed to take home,” Wilkinson said.
Even though the Pittsburgh Steelers are not playing, all businesses hope the night is a touchdown for customers.
“We are doing everything we can do to follow the CDC guidelines, what the state’s saying, what the county’s saying. It’s what we can do to keep our employees safe and our customers. Keep doing what we do, which is make sandwiches and have a good time,” Wilkinson said.MORE NEWS: Baldwin High School Students Raise Thousands Of Dollars Through Polar Pop Event For Special Olympics Of Pennsylvania
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