Local businesses score their own victories on Super Bowl Sunday

Local businesses score their own victories on Super Bowl Sunday
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Super Bowl LII meant big bucks for local businesses who were busy securing their own victories on Sunday.

Inside Home Bar & Grill off Kalakaua Ave. it was standing room only for any walk-ins. The restaurant had booked all of its tables weeks ago.

"The last game we were here, it was mobbed and I just figured might as well call ahead," said Brittney Kane.

General Manager Jared Matsubayashi said they prepped for the large crowds by adding more staff and more food to the menu.

"(We added) an extra bartender and two extra servers," Matsubayashi said. "We try to fill up our tables as fast as possible."

This week, Sports Illustrated named the Honolulu bar one of the top 10 Best Sports Bars in the Country to watch the Super Bowl and fans couldn't agree more.

"I've been coming here for at least seven years now," said Ryan Raynes.

"I like it," added Rowena Akiu. "It's a fun atmosphere."

"The service is on point, the food is on point and my favorite part is you don't get any sun guilt here," said Alex Madrigal. "It feels like you're in your boy's basement just hanging out watching the games."

In Waipahu, Tanioka's Seafoods and Catering also prepped for the big day.

They opened an hour early to accommodate a long line of customers.

"As you can see, it's been crazy all day," said General Manager Justin Tanioka. "The bulk of the orders came in this past week."

Even former Denver Broncos Defensive End Maa Tanuvasa, who owns two Super Bowl rings (1997 and 1998) said he comes to Tanioka's every year to order his food.

"They got the best stuff around," he said. "Spicy poke, the usual, shrimp tempura, fried chicken, different sushi roles and stuff like that."

It was also packed at grocery stores across the island.

Customers inside the Foodland off Dillingham Blvd. grabbed last-minute groceries to enjoy in the comfort of their own homes.

"Got some last-minute shopping," said Keoki Akiu. "Poke and like that, going to make some extra stuff that we missed and some spam."

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