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Sports bars prepare for Super Bowl crowds

This year is the first Super Bowl for Tailgaters to be open. (Photo source: WLOX) This year is the first Super Bowl for Tailgaters to be open. (Photo source: WLOX)
According to Lamey, his staff put four to five times more prep than normal into getting ready for the NFL's big championship game. (Photo source: WLOX) According to Lamey, his staff put four to five times more prep than normal into getting ready for the NFL's big championship game. (Photo source: WLOX)
SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) -

The Super Bowl is arguably the most watched athletic event on television. Usually, the question isn't are you going to watch the Super Bowl, it's where are you going to watch it?

While many choose to watch the game from the comfort of their home, others decide to take their viewing party to the local sports bar. Sports bars are a popular choice, for sure, but many people may not think about what goes on behind the scenes.

"It takes a little bit of extra work. We double up on our staff, get an extra bartender in," said Matthew Kaltenbaugh.

This year is the first Super Bowl for Tailgaters to be open, and Kaltenbaugh is leading the way. He manages the kitchen operations, so to say this night is a big deal for him is an understatement.

After a couple of weekends of selling out of crawfish, Kaltenbaugh increased his order to 250 pounds for the big night.

"You don't want to run out of crawfish during the middle of the Super Bowl, you know," said Kaltenbaugh.

Just down the street, another young restaurant is getting ready for its second Super Bowl.

"Just everything on the checklist. Just checking it twice," said Pop's Pizzeria owner Chuck Lamey.

He opened Pop's a year and a half ago. He said last year's big game was definitely a learning experience, and this year, he feels confident that everything is ready.

"We've got tons of dough ready to go, tons of boxes folded. You name it. Anything we can do to get ready, we do it," said Lamey.

One department that he spends extra time preparing for is take-out orders. He said his restaurant was swamped last year when it came to making sure all the orders were made correctly. This year, he's not taking any chances.

"We'll just have all hands on deck, ready to go," said Lamey.

According to Lamey, his staff put four to five times more prep than normal into getting ready for the NFL's big championship game. He said this could possibly be his restaurant's busiest Sunday of the year.

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