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Big Blue fans bring big bucks to South Limestone

By: Tim Johnston Email
By: Tim Johnston Email

Nothing says "Big Blue," like big crowds, and the fans who couldn't make it to New Orleans found their way to several hot spots on South Limestone.

"It was very busy we were jammed packed, we had a full patio, there was a four hour wait at one point, and [we had to go to] a "one in, one out" rule," recalled Mallory Scandore, a server at Pazzo's.

"Throughout the entire course of the day we had close to 4,000 people," described Tin Roof owner, Tim Gibbons, adding, "Big Blue Nation was out in full force."

Many of the fans even showed up early, in some cases 12 hours early, just to get a good seat for the game.

"When I got here, there was a line of people waiting," said Two Keys Tavern owner, Seth Bennett, "I told the crowd, 'Hey, we're not going to open the doors until ten o'clock [in the morning]' and they said, 'Yeah, we know."

"I got here at a quarter to nine [in the morning] and there was a group of girls waiting to get in," added Gibbons.

"Some people were here for nine hours straight just sitting, waiting," Scandore chimed in.

However, it wasn't just the big businesses that saw a lot of action. Many of the smaller restaurants on the block also benefited from the large crowds. When the Cat faithful hit the streets they made their mark in more way than one.

"We did well. I'll tell you this much, we ordered beer by the pallet and by the time the game was over there wasn't much left," said Bennett, adding that they sold more than 10,000 cans of beer on Monday alone.

"We had our biggest day ever [for Limestone's Tin Roof] on Saturday and we beat our biggest day ever on Monday by four o'clock in the afternoon," said Gibbons.

Whether it was thousands of pizzas served up or a big screen TV drawing the big bucks, all of the businesses say the Cats weren't the only ones to win big this weekend.

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