Restaurants prepare for Super Bowl crowds

An Austin restaurant has been preparing for the big game for a long time.
An Austin restaurant has been preparing for the big game for a long time.

AUSTIN (KXAN) – Football and food — they just go together.   Pizza, chicken wings…you name it. Restaurants have been gearing up for this for weeks.

The kitchen at Pluckers on Rio Grande in Austin was a madhouse Sunday. The popular wing spot cooks up more wings on Super Bowl Sunday than any other day of the year.

“It’s just bam, bam, bam bam,” said cook Evan Millerm “Non-stop. I think we try to do about 500 to 1,000 wings every fifteen minutes.”

Pre orders started coming in two weeks ago, restautant general manager Justin Williams says.  He makes sure the kitchen is stocked; plenty of ranch and bleu cheese–oh, and the most important item, too:

“Cannot run out of chicken on super bowl Sunday!” Williams said.

The staff comes in prepared for what will be a long, busy day.

“We start prepping for it on Tuesday, you know, to make sure that we’re building into the weekend and that we’re completely ready to go,” Williams said.

“You just know that it’s coming, and you just mentally prepare yourself for the  battle,” said Marcus Willis, who runs the kitchen.

The running-around-like-chickens-with-their-heads-cut-off is all part of the fun.

“A high stress situation could go south real fast, if we have bad attitudes,” said Williams, “But everybody comes in, they know what to expect. So, we have a good time, and we just crank the food out.”

Much of America is doing the same thing. According to the National Chicken Council, 1.25 billion wings will be eaten this Superbowl Sunday. That’s enough for 4 wings for every man, woman, and child in the country.

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