She had forgotten the significance of Saturday for area Notre Dame fans. She had overlooked the fact that the first home game played in Ireland would be broadcast. And she had lost sight of the 9 a.m. kickoff between the Fighting Irish and Navy Midshipmen.
Like many restaurateurs and bar owners across our region, Macri acted quickly.
After deciding to open early at Toscana Park, she asked several servers, bartenders and cooks who won't be closing tonight to adjust their schedules.
She immediately put together food and drink specials -- biscuits and gravy and buckets of beer, for example -- that would appeal to the likely customer base.
"Is it bad to say we think it will be more male-based?" Macri asks rhetorically.
And she started to spread the word on social media.
"We have already taken some reservations, so there's no major risk I'm taking in opening early," Macri says. "There's no trepidation, although we don't really know exactly what to expect."
No one knows how many customers might trickle in or flood through their doors to watch Notre Dame in a game that is being played in Dublin. About 35,000 Americans are estimated to have traveled across the pond for the game.
About 3 million others are expected to tune in on TV.
Danny Striz only decided on Monday to open early for area Irish fans.
The owner of Lunker's and Angler's Inn in Edwardsburg says as soon as he announced the 8 a.m. opening on signage, reservations started trickling in.
"Will it be worth it and will folks watch? It's a small gamble because the store and restaurant are open early anyhow. One hour is not bad," Striz says. "For restaurants that normally open at 11 -- that would be a huge question."
Whether to open early, and how early, were questions Mike Creech, general manager at Rivals Sports Den in Osceola, had been mulling for a few weeks.
He also decided Monday to open at 8 instead of 11.
"We still aren't sure what the turnout is going to be but we have received a lot of positive responses," Creech says. "I think the potential benefit to Rivals outweighs the risk involved, which is basically three extra hours of staffing. We already had most of the food on hand."
And for the items Creech needed to purchase -- some hash browns and bacon, mainly -- Rivals' food suppliers have been quick to respond.
If you want to watch Notre Dame on the telly, call ahead to your favorite restaurant or bar. Based on customer and business feedback on Facebook and
Twitter this week, here are some options. Keep adding to our list on Facebook.
7 a.m. openings: Brothers Bar & Grill, South Bend; area Between the Buns restaurants, Golden Gnome, Mulligan's Bar & Grill, South Bend; Fireside Tap & Grill, Edwardsburg.
8 a.m. openings: Linebacker Lounge, O'Rourke's Public House, Corby's, Frank's Place, Simeri's Old Town Tap, South Bend; Phoenix Bar & Grill, Mishawaka; Rivals Sports Den, Osceola; Lunker's/Angler's Inn, Edwardsburg.
8:30 a.m. openings: Legends of Notre Dame, South Bend; Wings Etc., Niles; St. Joseph-Benton Harbor Elks Lodge.
9 a.m. openings: Villa Macri Ristorante, Mishawaka; Wings Etc., Elkhart; Woodland Inn, Cheers Pub, South Bend; Kate O'Conner's Irish Pub, New Carlisle.
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