Feeding the fans: Eateries prepare for the NFC championship game

By Alex Fiore

With the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers meeting in the playoffs for the first time since 1941 on Sunday, people around DeKalb are getting prepared for the game.

Restaurants and bars around DeKalb are preparing for a hectic couple of hours.

“The staff has to prep more, we will make more pizzas, and we’re expecting a lot more calls for that day,” said Justin Walter, assistant manager of Topper’s Pizza, 1015 W. Lincoln Highway.

Kelsey Hood, manager of Upper Deck Sports Bar & Grill, 241 E. Lincoln Highway, said she was expecting a busy afternoon.

“We’re definitely having extra help in the kitchen,” she said. “We’re having extra servers and help out front.”

Hood said the game would be on all of their televisions, including their 110-inch projection screen, and a Brian Urlacher jersey would be raffled off.

“We expect it to be very busy, and we have ordered extra food and beer,” said Sean Redzepi of Molly’s Eatery and Drinkery, 1022 W. Lincoln Highway.

Students ordering out or going out to watch the game is one reason these establishments will be so busy.

“I’m gonna try to get some people together and watch at a bar,” said senior meteorology major Justin Pletsch.

Freshman psychology major Leanna Rosinski said she planned on going over to a friends house instead of the bars.

Eleanor Fritz, a waitress at Eduardo’s Mexican Restaurant, 214 E. Lincoln Highway, said they are offering a free appetizer buffet during halftime.

Fritz said they were expecting a bigger crowd because of the importance of the game.

“I would expect more people to show just because it is Bears-Packers,” she said.

She said Eduardo’s makes all of their food and did not expect to run out of anything.

“We’ll cook as long as there are people here,” she said.