Having the Ravens in the post-season has been great for bars and taverns but not always for restaurants. The Jan. 16 divisional game against Denver, for instance, took a bite out of Saturday-night profits when it went into overtime.
A Sunday night playoff game, like last week's conference championship, doesn't hurt as much. Restaurant business is traditionally slower on Sunday night, and there are places like Peter's Inn and Henninger's, both in Fells Point, that close every Sunday night.
For some restaurants, Super Bowl Sunday is not worth opening for. Not only are dining rooms empty, but the staff's morale takes a dive.
The Prime Rib has been closing on Super Bowl Sunday for years, and it will again this Sunday. That's the case as well for B, a Bolton Hll Bistro, The Milton Inn in Sparks, The Manor Tavern in Monkton, Linwoods in Owings Mills and Aldo's and Chazz: A Bronx Original in Little Italy.
The Foreman Wolf restaurants - Cinghiale, Petit Louis, Pazo and Charleston - are closing Sunday night. Woodberry Kitchen and The Food Market will skip their regular Sunday dinner service, too.
Jack's Bistro is sitting out a Super Bowl for the first time. In a weekly email announcement, the Canton restaurant informed subscribers that it would not be opening on Super Bowl Sunday. "After last week's [AFC Championship] game, we anticipate that Superbowl Sunday will be rowdy in Canton (and) provide no parking." the email said.
Salt in Upper Fells Point is closing on Sunday, too, for its annual staff party, the second year in a row it's been held on Super Bowl Sunday.
Brunch could save the day for some restaurants on Sunday. A Foreman Wolf spokeswoman said that Petit Louis and the new Johnny's were preparing for big brunch turnouts on game day. The Food Market in Hampden is preparing for a big brunch turnout as well. Ten Ten in Harbor East is preparing a "Tailgating at Ten Ten" party with a $19 pre-fixe brunch, along with Ravens Super Bowl Sundaes, Ravens-themed cocktails and beer-mosa specials.
Wit & Wisdom is serving a Super Bowl Weekend brunch, on Saturday and Sunday, for $47. The restaurant in the Four Seasons Baltimore Hotel is serving a Ravens Royale cocktail for $10, too.
The Oregon Grille in Cockeysville is throwing a Super Bowl brunch from 11 a.m to 3 p.m. The menu will include purple waffles with purple whipped cream and a purple omelet with jumbo lump crab and guests will get a complimentary purple beer and a complimentary Ravens-inspired blueberry Champagne cocktail named "The Purple Destiny."
Some restaurants, especially those with dedicated bar areas, are getting into the spirit of the big game.
The Rusty Scupper (402 Key Highway, 410-727-3678, rusty-scupper.com) is staging a Super Bowl-watching party with an all-you-can-eat buffet, drink specials and giveaways. The tailgate-themed buffet includes Maryland crab soup, hot dogs, barbecue pulled chicken, Buffalo wings, crab dip and sausage and peppers. The cost is $25 ($12 for children 10 years old and younger.) The party starts at 6 p.m.
Regi's in Federal Hill is throwing a Super Bowl party in its Fireplace Room. Admission to the party is $50 and includes all-you-can drink house wine, Bud Light and National Bohemian as well as complimentary burger sliders, wings, soft pretzels and snacks. The light fare menu will be available, and the restaurant is bringing in a 70-inch HD LED TV for the game.
B & O American Brasserie (2 N. Charles St., 443-692-6172, bandorestaurant.com) is leveraging the New Orleans roots of its executive chef Thomas Dunklin with a Super Bowl-inspired dinner that will be offered Friday through Sunday, in addition to its a la carte menu. Dunklin's $50 Super Bowl feast includes an oyster roast, a crawfish "boil," boudin-stuffed flounder, a "deckel-cut rib eye" and, for dessert, a fig and goat cheese king cake.
Heavy Seas Alehouse (1300 Bank St., Little Italy, 410-522-0850, heavyseasalehouse.com) is serving a halftime buffet featuring chili with corn bread, Asian barbecue baby back ribs, smoked pork barbecue sliders and Jamaican jerk wings. The cost is $40, and seating is limited. Buying tickets in advance is recommended.
Prime Rib at Maryland Live Casino (7002 Arundel Mills Circle, 443-445-2970, marylandlivecasino) is having a party in its lounge with passed hors d'ouevres like Prime Rib sliders, mini lump crab cakes, chilled shrimp and hot dogs. The $45 per person cost includes two drink tickets for house brand liquor, domestic beer and house wine. Reservations are required. Doors open at 4:30 p.m.
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