Restaurants and caterers prepare for Super Bowl

Loren Pulice
Loren Pulice
Nolan Okalani Tallett
Nolan Okalani Tallett

By Roger Mari bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - It's unofficially the biggest party day of the year. Super Bowl Sunday draws big crowds to sports bars, and provides a big boost to island caterers.

At Fort Ruger Market in Kaimuki orders have been coming in as early as last week for poke, boiled peanuts and a lot of sashimi. To help bring in business, owner Loren Pulice added something special to the menu this year.

"We already have a big load of orders and I don't anticipate it being slower than last year because we're offering the smoked meats, it will probably be just as busy," said Loren Pulice owner of Fort Ruger Market.

Unlike any other given Sunday, Super Bowl means super appetites.

"Maybe 40-50 pounds more meats fish, probably hundreds of pounds more," said Loren Pulice.

But this big weekend is even busier for some restaurants, as fans start their sports watching with the BJ Penn fight.

At Round Table Pizza in Waikiki, it means bringing in extra staff, food and of course more T.V. screens for the fight and Super Bowl celebrations.

"We have a lot of T.V.'s here at Ohana East and G.P.'s, so there's no seat in the house where you can't view anything especially for the fight and tomorrow," said Round Table Hawaii Manager Nolan Okalani Tallett.

Waikiki businesses have been taking hard hits over the past year, including restaurants. They hope to score big during this super weekend

"Big nights like today and tomorrow will definitely help within the company and we look forward to it," said Nolan Okalani Tallett.

Its two big sporting events helping local businesses fight their way out of these tough economic times.

There's still one more opportunity for local businesses to boost sales. Next weekend is the NFL Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium, which is expected to pour millions of dollars into Hawaii's economy.