Setting up for Super Bowl Sunday |

Setting up for Super Bowl Sunday

Although the game will take place nearly 2,000 miles away, Nevada County residents have big plans for Super Bowl Sunday.

Several local bars and restaurants are hosting Super Bowl parties to celebrate the big game, in which the New England Patriots will take on the Carolina Panthers at Reliant Stadium in Houston.

Bartender Nancy White of Uncle Sonny’s in Grass Valley will be rooting for the Panthers as customers converge for food and festivities.

“We’ll be having a party of probably 50 to 60 people to which the public is welcome. Everyone is bringing food, but we plan on having lasagna, chili, and salad. I, of course, am rooting for Carolina,” White said Friday afternoon.

Barbara Martinez of The Tack Room in Penn Valley said her restaurant will be serving chili dogs and popcorn for the Bowl. She’ll be one of the ones rooting for New England.

“I want to see the Patriots take it this year,” Martinez said.

The Mine Shaft in Nevada City will open its doors at 1 p.m. for a Super Bowl party potluck. Employees said they expect a large turnout to gather around the 52-inch screen.

Bunce’s Place in Grass Valley will serve hot dogs and a variety of tailgate dishes, and Cooper’s in Nevada City will serve New England clam chowder to honor one of the day’s combatants.

Stinky Mulligan’s, near Lake of the Pines, is hosting a party in which it will be raffling off Sacramento Kings tickets and chances to watch the Super Bowl from large recliners in front of the bar’s big-screen television. Expecting a crowd of 75 to 100 people, Stinky Mulligan’s employees are asking customers to call ahead for large groups.

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