NFC game helps spike business for restaurants in western Massachusetts

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CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Patriots fans in western Massachusetts have mixed reactions about Tom Brady’s rise through the ranks this season.

The NFC Championship proved to be a pulse on what New Englanders think of the former Pats Quarterback Tom Brady.
While Laurae was with Amber at Scoreboard in Agawam, her husband was home…

Amber Hoffman and Laurae Wunch are regulars at Scoreboard in Agawam. Both were cheering on Greenbay. Wunch said her husband decided to watch the game at home and support Tom Brady.

“He loves Brady. Even though he was a Patriot fan for 30 years. Brady moved, now he’s following Brady,” Wunch told 22News.

The game was also on at Dugout Cafe and Pizza in Chicopee. The family-run business sees a rise in customers when the game is on. That’s why co-owner Jordan Benoit was glad to see Brady, even if he’s wearing a different jersey.

“I’m not a Patriots fan but it’s nice to see that he makes us money,” Benoit said.

Benoit also told 22News that takeout has been a big help during the pandemic and they’re looking forward to when the curfew is lifted.

“Being a bar and a pizza shop all of our money for the most part is made in the later part of the night so my dad and I had a big smile on our faces when we heard when it was being lifted, Benoit said.

According to Benoit, the big game can be one of the restaurants biggest money makers.

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