Schenectady County

Munching and drinking key part of Super Bowl

Local restaurants began preparing for Super Bowl XLIX well before kickoff Sunday, collecting take-ou
Line cook for Katie O'Byrnes, Jessie Cyr prepares one of many plates of hot wings on Sunday afternoon at the establishment.
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Line cook for Katie O'Byrnes, Jessie Cyr prepares one of many plates of hot wings on Sunday afternoon at the establishment.

Local restaurants began preparing for Super Bowl XLIX well before kickoff Sunday, collecting take-out orders, frying chicken wings and tapping fresh kegs of beer. Managers at Katie O’Byrnes Irish Pub and Restaurant in Schenectady and Recovery Room Sports Grill in Rotterdam said they expected the atmosphere during the game to be electric.

Though a New York team isn’t participating in the most-watched sporting event of the year, John Fitzmaurice, a bartender at Katie O’Byrnes, said he expected a large turnout for a different reason.

“People hate the Patriots,” he said. “People really do hate them, so they will come just to root against them.”

Fitzmaurice said the kitchen was preparing a heap of chicken wings and dozens of pots of chili. “We have a deal where for $20 you can eat all the wings and chili and drink all the beer you want during the game,” he said.

Dave Lepine, a manager at Recovery Room, said he expected the restaurant to serve between 1,500 and 2,000 chicken wings Sunday. In addition, the kitchen had prepared roughly 60 pounds of chicken tenders.

“We make a lot of food for the game,” he said. “People either come in here and eat, or they take it out.”

Lepine said echoed the thoughts of Fitzmaurice, equating the Patriots to baseball’s New York Yankees, a team that has won 27 World Championships.

“They just win every year and when you win, people start to hate you,” he said. “It is amazing how many people hate them.”

Adding fuel to the fire, Lepine said, is the controversy surrounding the Patriots’ playoff victory two weeks ago over the Indianapolis Colts. The National Football League is investigating whether the Patriots used deflated footballs to give themselves an advantage in the game.

“That just made things worse for them, I think,” he said. “It should be a great game and I think a lot of people are looking forward to it.”

Five television screens hang behind the bar in Katie O’Byrnes, all of which Fitzmaurice said will be tuned into to the big game.

“It should be a good time,” he said. “We’ll see what happens.”

Recovery Room features more than 40 large television screens, almost all of which will be showing the Super Bowl.

“It’s what people came here to watch,” Lepine said. “So that’s what we’ll show.”

Karen MacDougal, a Patriots fan, was grabbing a drink before her team took the field at Recovery Room.

“I’m pretty nervous, but I’m also pretty confident,” said MacDougal, who is originally from New Hampshire. “We have a good team and I just want a fair and clean game.”

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