Eateries game for Super Bowl
For many, Super Bowl Sunday conjures images of friends and family packed onto living room couches, gorging on wings, dips and other foods piled in front of them. For others, it’s just another day to clean up around the house or do errands.
But for those caught in between — who want to watch the game, which starts at 6:30 p.m., but don’t have any party plans — some local restaurants are here to help.
In Sanford, The Flame Steakhouse is starting what owner Steve Brewer said he hopes will become a tradition, with a Super Bowl bash in the restaurant’s bar area.
“We open up at 3 (p.m. Sunday) and we’ll run ‘til the end of the game,” Brewer said. “We’ll put all our craft beers on special and have wings and onion rings and poppers, and just have good fellowship and watch the game.”
Elsewhere in downtown Sanford, the only places with TVs — Wing Time Cafe and Local Joe’s Tap and Grill — both generally close early on Sundays, and employees at both places confirmed they’ll stick to their normal schedules and won’t be open during the game itself.
In Jonesboro, Goodfella’s Sports Bar and Grill at 2709 Lee Ave. will be open and showing the game, although staff weren’t sure ahead of time what kind of gameday specials might be offered.
Schooly’s Bar and Billiards, located at 102 E. Trade St. right in the heart of downtown Jonesboro, will also be open and showing the game. Bartender Catherine McCullough said on Friday she didn’t know yet what kind of specials they might have Sunday, though.
“Just call us Saturday or Sunday, and we can let you know then,” she said.
At chain restaurants in Sanford, the game will be on. Employees at Applebee’s, Ruby Tuesday and the Sagebrush Steakhouse and Saloon all confirmed they’d be open for their normal hours, which means Applebee’s will close at midnight and Ruby Tuesday and Sagebrush will close at 10 p.m.
There are also options outside of Lee County, but still nearby.
The Carolina Brewery and Grill in Pittsboro, for example, is offering $10 beer pitchers, as well as half off all appetizers and pizzas, starting at 5 p.m.
Coach’s Neighborhood Grill, a bar at 1005 Monroe St. in Carthage, will be showing the game, although it won’t have any gameday specials. It opens at 11 a.m. Sunday.
County Seat Sports Grille, in downtown Lillington at 1 W. Front St., will offer 50-cent wings and various drink specials, a manager said. Several other Lillington bars and restaurants couldn’t be reached for comment but did have websites saying they are open late on Sundays and sports-friendly.