Restaurants experience busiest Sunday of the year with Super Bowl viewers

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - It wasn't a good night for the Denver Broncos, but for local restaurants, it was a different story.

"We've prepared for about a 30 to 40 percent increase over our normal sales," said Mugshots manager Wes Arrington. "Obviously we sell burgers because that's just what we do, but we will sell a lot of wings, a lot of appetizers, beer will flow pretty good."

With over 111 million viewers, Super Bowl XLVIII will rack up the numbers in food consumption, too.

According to Fox Sports, 11.2 million pounds of potato chips will be consumed on Super Bowl Sunday along with the delivery of 11.2 million pieces of Domino's pizza.

Local spots said this is one of the busiest Sundays of the year.

"Everybody comes out for the Super Bowl, whether it's here, whether it's taking food home, whatever," said Buffalo Wild Wings of Hattiesburg manager Neal Mclain.

In fact, Super Bowl viewers will eat over 1.2 billion wings Sunday. With that demand, customers know the popular restaurant will be packed for the game.

"This is the last seat in the bar area, so we got here before four for the game," said a patron.

To meet that demand, Mclain said they must plan accordingly.

"We actually start two days ahead, start taking advanced orders, that way our phones don't ring off the hook too much today," said Mclain in the packed restaurant. "But other than that, we just show up really early, and get rolling."

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