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Super Bowl Offers Boost To Restaurants Affected By Water Crisis

Reported: Feb. 2, 2014 6:25 PM EST
Updated: Feb. 2, 2014 6:52 PM EST
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Chris Williams) --Super Bowl Sunday is always a big day for the food industry, and the big game couldn't have come at a better time for restaurants in the area.

The water crisis and cold temperatures slowed down business the last couple of weeks.

Since the water crisis, businesses have been offering specials to attract more customers, but the best special might just be the big game.

Restaurant owners said Sunday is the perfect day to start making up for the last couple of weeks.

Pizza is one of the most popular foods people eat during the big game.

In fact, Super Bowl Sunday is the biggest day for pizza sales during the entire year.
Papa Johns in Kanawha City started making them around 11 a.m., and sales will stay strong throughout the Super Bowl.

"We'll be making 100 pizzas an hour, at least, easy," Chris peck, Papa John’s general manager, said.

Like other restaurants in the area, the water crisis has slowed down business for Papa John’s, but, by the end of Sunday, Peck is expecting pizza sales to make up for lost business.

"We'll be over 700, and that's not from open to close,” he said. “Thats just through the rush."

Wings are also a popular food during the Super Bowl.

Adelphia Sports Bar pre-sold more than 900 wings before noon on game day.
Tracy Abdalla, the restaurant general manager, said they were still cooking with bottled water, despite the busy day.

"This situation has been unfortunate for everybody,” Abdalla said. “We want the public to feel as comfortable as possible that they will have our food at the same quality it's always been."

Abdalla said the water crisis hasn't affected his business too much, but he's still grateful for what's a huge day for sales here, especially wings.

"I'm going to guess anywhere from 1,500 to 2,000 hopefully," he said.

To keep up with business, Papa John’s and Adelphia had to almost double their staff for Sunday.

But the spike in sales was a welcome boost to a local economy still trying to recover from a tough start to the year.



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