Local restaurants gear up for Super Bowl Sunday

BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Sports bars and restaurants across the city are gearing up for one of the busiest days of the year — Superbowl Sunday. This year, they’re expecting a full house, especially with a handful of Louisiana players in the mix.

Zippy’s Burritos, Tacos and More owner Neal Hendrick said attendance at Super Bowl Sundays can go both ways as more people host watch parties from home. But this Sunday, he expects a full house, for obvious reasons.

“It’s not the ‘Who Dat’ but the ‘Who Dey’,” Hendrick said. “The hometown hero goes to the Super Bowl, winning the Heisman here, the perfect season. You simply can’t write a better screenplay than this.

For all the Joe Burrow fans in the house, he has something special on the menu – the Joey Burriteaux. This special burrito comes with steak, rice, cheese, corn, grilled onions, guacamole, sour cream and salsa.

“That’s what Joe ordered when he was here,” Hendrick said.

While Hendrick has spent a lot preparing for the big day, he expects to bring it all back.

“Lots of chicken. Lots of steak, lots of beer, lots of tequila, you need tequila for margaritas,” Hendrick said. “Millions and millions, [if] if he wins, we’ll break the bank.

Hendrick isn’t the only one gearing up for a huge turnout. Minutes from Burrow’s former playground, Walk-On’s Sports Bistreaux has been opening its expeditions for a week now. General manager Dustin Loveless said they’ve been busy the past few weeks with the Bengals in the playoffs, but that final act will require more manpower…and buns for their popular burgers.

“Food and alcohol, of course, got about twice as much beer as we normally would,” Loveless said. “Sunday is going to be a long day, we’ve increased everyone’s end time to arrive an hour earlier to make sure we’re ready to go.”

Loveless predicts an energized late Sunday and a victory for the Bengals.

“Probably a few hours later than what people are used to on Sundays, but they can call sick, not call sick here, but call sick at your other job,” Loveless said.

Gladys T. Hensley