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February 2, 2013
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Local bars, restaurants set to host game-day celebrations


The New Orleans Super Dome will be filled to capacity Sunday with football fans ready to view the big game. If you are not one of the 72,003 fortunate enough to attend in person, there are several local bars and restaurants ready to set the scene for the 47th annual Super Bowl, pitting the San Francisco 49ers against the Baltimore Ravens.

The ever-popular game-day staples of chicken wings and beer will be offered at some locales specifically for the event.

“We’re going to be offering chicken wings as one of the specials, which we normally don’t have,” said Christina Chu, server at Jernigan’s in Nevada City.

“We are offering a free appetizer with the purchase of four Bloody Mary’s,” said Tucker Cirino, owner of Cirino’s in Grass Valley. “We recently purchased a 60- and 45-inch TV.”

Goomba’s Italian restaurant in Grass Valley will have a tailgating party in the parking lot before the game and will offer a host of specials and even a chili competition.

“We’ll be having a tailgate before the game,” said Pete VanMatre, kitchen manager of Goomba’s, “and then once the game starts inside, our full menu, but then we’re going to run some sandwich and pizza specials and beer deals.”

Stinky Mulligan’s near Lake of the Pines in south county will host some of the Budweiser models for the first time.

“We are still putting together the specials, but we will be doing a wings special for sure,” said Mike Sutherland, bartender at Stinky Mulligan’s. “We’re going to give four wings after your second pitcher of beer and some new food items coming onboard.”

The Budweiser models will be on hand before the game starts.

“We are running a Budweiser promo, and the Bud girls will be here right before the game,” Sutherland said.

Smiley Guys will show the game on its newly purchased big-screen television.

“We just got a brand new 55-inch, and we’ll be having drink and appetizer specials,” said Chris McFadden, one of the owners. “We’re doing $1.50 bottles of beer, happy hour all day long, $3 Sierra Nevada pints, spicy meatballs, pulled pork taquitos and chicken wings, nachos, then our regular menu.”

Smiley Guys is also conducting a football pool with the customers.

The ol’ Republic Brewery in Nevada City, which does not normally have food, will provide catered food from Horn of the Bull Catering until 2 p.m. or until all the food is sold.

“We will have the Super Bowl on in its entirety on all of our screens,” said Jim Harte, owner of ol’ Republic. “And since we don’t have a restaurant, we will be doing food, so it’s kind of a special day where people can bring their pitcher they can fill and use.

“They’re our local team and it’s been a long time, so we’re excited about that,” Harte said of the Niners’ presence in the Super Bowl. “We’re also excited to see the little goings back and forth between the different fans because on our Facebook page, we’re already getting that little bit of bantering back and forth.”

The Tijuana Mad Dog will also be available for purchase at the brewery, which Harte describes as “like a Sonora dog but done with Angus beef, frankfurters, bacon, beans and cheese.

“It’s quite a wild combination, and when you first see it, you don’t know what to think, and then you take your first bite and think you can’t wait to have a second one,” Harte added.

All three Northridge Restaurant locations will have specials, including deals on prawns and hot wings, a $14.99 spaghetti-and-meatballs-for-two deal and pizza and beer specials.

“You can get 24 wings for $16.99, 10 prawns for 10.99, domestic pitcher for $7.50, microbrews for $10 and a bottle of house wine for $10,” said Narissa Jennings, manager of the Northridge Restaurant in Nevada City. “And we have three televisions in our Nevada City location.”

To contact Staff Writer Jennifer Terman, email jterman@theunion.com or call 530-477-4230.


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