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Local businesses busier than usual for Super Bowl 50

Justin Tanioka Justin Tanioka
Kimberly Tolhurst Kimberly Tolhurst
AIEA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The Broncos and the Panthers weren't the only teams with their game faces on Sunday. Hawaii restaurants were busier than usual, securing their own victory when it came to food and profits.

Inside Tanioka's in Waipahu, kitchen staff cooked up popular dishes like ahi patties and shoyu pork. Waiting outside were hungry football fans like Dan Morita, who pre-ordered his Super Bowl food weeks ago.

"I just wanted to get things out of the way not even worry about it," Morita said.

Kimberly Gasper had the same idea. She too, called in early to avoid long wait times.

"We ordered it about a week ago. Right after Pro Bowl, we ordered it for Super Bowl," she said.

Tanioka's General Manager Justin Tanioka said they expected the influx of customers and began prepping bright and early.

"There's a lot of people that come through the store and buy last minute on the way to their party or whatever," Tanioka said.

In Aiea at Big City Diner, it was also a full roster with a staff ready to serve.

"I have 6 staff, plus 5 supports and 3 managers", General Manager Kimberly Tolhurst said.

Tables were fully booked two weeks ago.

Big City Diner served more than 120 orders of calamari, 50 pounds of wings and 30 pounds of prime rib during Super Bowl 50. 

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