PHOENIXVILLE - It will be either feast or famine for area restaurants and bars during this Sunday's Eagles NFC Championship game against the Carolina Panthers.
While Dan Cashman, of the Columbia Bar and Grille said, "We're kinda dead when the Eagles play," his Bridge Street neighbor Dan Phillips, owner of Dan's Sports Pub, said that he expects a full house of 100 to 150 "very energetic, loud and rowdy Eagles fans for the game."
Cashman said that most patrons stay away from the Columbia during Eagles games and instead attend a party or go to a bar.
Seven Stars restaurant General Manager Mike Bolognese said that business will be down when the Eagles kick off at 6:45 p.m. Sunday because of the game, although "many people will come for dinner who don't want to watch the game."
"If anybody comes to the bar (where TVs are located), we'll make them feel at home, but we don't expect a rush," said Bolognese. "We screen people to see if they have an interest in the game and a few at each table keep going back and forth to the bar."
Greg Winer, assistant manager at La Taverna, Route 23 in Schuylkill, said that his restaurant will be expecting a "big crowd." A removable wall will allow La Taverna dining room patrons to join the bar crowd.
Game time specials at La Taverna include pizza for 50 cents a slice, 25 cents per wings and $2 domestic draft beers.
The Sly Fox Brewhouse and Eatery on Route 113 in East Pikeland will also feature special beer prices with $2 drafts and half-price wings during game time. Dorey Reid, assistant general manager, said that the Sly Fox is a regular hang-out during football season because the restaurant features the NFL Ticket and broadcasts every NFL game.
Phoenix Lanes General Manager Seamus Phillips said that he expects the number of bowlers to be down 50 percent from a typical Sunday evening when the Eagles aren't scheduled to play. He said that regardless, he'll offer a $5 pitcher of domestic beer special and have the TVs tuned into the game to attract patrons.
Dan's Sports Pub will offer 25-cent wings, beer specials and a combination package of 30 wings and a pitcher of Lager beer for $15. Dan Phillips said that all 28 TVs will be tuned into the game and advised patrons to come early to get a good seat.
"I was biting my nails last week that I'd have another good Sunday," said Dan Phillips. "The possibility of an Eagles Super Bowl stretches the season a little bit longer."
The Columbia Bar and Grille is throwing in the towel during the Super Bowl. In deference to the power of football in America, the Columbia will be closed on Super Sunday.