Patriots’ playoff football means great business for local bars

Hampden County

Sunday was a big day for Patriots nation and local businesses who served food during the Patriots-Chargers playoff game. 

Many western Massachusetts Pats fans went to restaurants and bars to watch the highly anticipated matchup.

Christopher’s Sports Tavern made sure to stock up on wings and alcohol ahead of the game. “We have to get here earlier stay later, buy more cases of food especially wings, boneless wings, those are the main sellers for today,” head chef Darin Clark told 22News. 

Many Pats fans ordered wings while watching the Patriots-Chargers game, including the fan favorite 30 piece wing order at Christophers’ Sports Tavern. The sports bar said their business always benefits when the Patriots are in the playoffs. 

Pizza shops like Peppa’s Xpress were also busy filling orders for hungry Pats fans watching the game at home. “Definitely an increase in business with playoff football,” said manager Kyle Thomas. He said any sport can bring a large crowd. “But playoff anything, we have a bunch of hockey fans who pack the bar. “Its good to have home teams in the playoffs.” 

Thomas told 22News business significantly increases during the winter when the Patriots are in the playoffs, but they sell the most pizzas when the Pats are in the Super Bowl. 

The Patriots defeated the LA Chargers 41-28 Sunday in the AFC divisional round.

New England advances to the AFC Championship for an 8th consecutive year. They are set to play the number one seed Kansas City Chiefs Sunday, January 20th.  

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