Eateries get ready for Super Bowl

Anabel Cabebe
Anabel Cabebe
Iwalani Walsh-Tseu
Iwalani Walsh-Tseu

By Roger Mari - bio | email

(HONOLULU) KHNL - The Super Bowl has become synonymous with parties and lots of eating! It's a day many caterers look forward to for increased business.

One local eatery is hoping football fans will pig out on their specialty.

The Super Bowl, football, and pigskin, all the ingredients for success at Mang Gorios Catering. So far about 10 orders of lechon or roast pig have been placed for Super Bowl Sunday. Anabel Cabebe expects that number to double.

"We will be getting more orders by the end of this week I guess," said Mang Gorios owner Anabel Cabebe.

It was a rough year for many local eateries and restaurants due to the bad economy. Since last year's Super Bowl, business has dropped about 30% at Mang Gorios. This year they've lowered the price of a pig to try and boost up sales.

"Say for example the regular price is 350, and then we can lower it to 300 dollars just to make it busier," said Anabel Cabebe.

For more than 2 decades Anabel has been serving up her roast pigs in Hawaii. What helps her to survive is a loyal customer base.

"I'm real excited about ordering the lumpia the pancit, every house needs noodles and also the most delicious lechon," said Customer Iwalani Walsh-Tseu.

4 years ago Anabel bought the place where the pigs are roasted. No rent to pay makes weathering this tough economic climate much easier.

"It's not something we worry about because we are very comfortable," said Anabel Cabebe.

With the big game just a few days away, the number of orders could be an earlier indicator of whether or it's brushing up to be a good year, or a rough one just trying to stay ahead.

Orders need to be placed at least, two-days in advance. First time customers will have to leave a deposit. Friday is when Anabel expects most of her orders to come in.