Local bars and restaurants gearing up for Super Bowl crowds

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Local bars and restaurants are already gearing up for Sunday’s Super Bowl.

“We bought eight new televisions in the last week. We will play the game hard and expect lots of locals and a good crowd,” said Nico Reynders, manager of Firestone Grill Bar.

“We’re really happy to have people in-house. We are excited to watch the game. We don’t normally have a TV at Rod and Hammer, but we’ve brought in a special TV, a huge flat screen so everyone can enjoy the game,” said Hayley McGuigan, SLO Stills Customer Experience Manager of Rod and Hammer.

“We’re going to set up a bunch of chairs in the center of the event. We’re going to play the game. People are more than welcome to come in, bring your food here, bring your family here, bring your friends here, it’s going to be a big party,” said Nick Johnson, General Manager of SLO Brew Rock.

Local game day hotspots, including SLO Brew Rock and Firestone Grill, are primed for crowds on Sunday.

“It’s really important to have people here. We only opened in 2019 and that was the peak just before the pandemic started,” McGuigan said.

“It’s generally a good day for us. Obviously they do a lot of barbecuing at home, but a lot of the locals like to get away with it,” Reynders added.

Safety and COVID-19 precautions will continue to be in place for those in attendance.

“It’s indoors, so we ask our customers to wear masks indoors, to be safe and to respect everyone’s privacy,” Johnson said.

At Hotel Cerro, they say they plan to satisfy the crowd before the Super Bowl.

“For us, we go after the business which is there which is the brunch crowd, so we do a Galentine brunch at the restaurant and it lasts until 2:30 p.m. and then we actually close for the Super Bowl,” said the general manager of restaurants at the Cerro Hotel, Blake Foster.

The hope for the hotel is that guests grab brunch before watching the game.

“Sundays are a huge day for brunch in general and to kind of capture the Super Bowl crowd before they get to where they’re headed is what we’re looking for,” Foster said.

The Cincinnati Bengals and Los Angeles Rams kick off at SoFi Stadium at 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

The game will be streamed live on KSBY.

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