Salty Nut Café is stocking up on food and drinks in preparation for the large crowds.
Part-owner and GM Phillip Hopewell believes staff will be prepared for Sunday.
By Tim Kallal
Super Bowl 50 is approaching fast and Columbia restaurants and bars are getting ready for the large crowds of football fans. Many people here are starting to jump on the Carolina Panthers Bandwagon.
Owners of the Salty Nut Café in Five Points know how busy this day can be and they're trying to be well prepared. Owner Phillip Hopewell has had experience dealing with days like this.
“The Super Bowl and St. Patrick’s Day are kind of the highlights of the spring for us in a lot of ways,” he says.
Although most bars will be packed this coming Sunday, Salty Nut Café believes it has something more to offer the public than the regular bar. That is, if the weather is cooperative.
“One of our best attractions is our huge outdoor deck. It is the biggest one in five points,” says Hopewell.
Salty Nut Café holds a maximum of 226 customers, including their outdoor deck. How many workers does that require? Hopewell says it will take more than normal and thinks they will have about 20 - 25 on staff for the big game
Crowds are expecting to be getting to Salty Nut Café early. One football fan and long time customer of Salty Nut, John-Austin Haislip, is planning on being one of those getting there when the doors open.
"I'll be getting here bright and early. As soon as I can roll out of bed from Saturday night, about 11 a.m., until they kick me out."
So in a “nutshell,” how does Hopewell think you prepare for the Super Bowl if you are a local bar in the Columbia area?
“You staff up. You prepare for the worst and hope for the best.”
Salty Nut Café opens its doors on Sunday at 11 a.m., and the game starts at 6 a.m..