Restaurateurs look to score big with game
Fans can start the big game day as early as 6 a.m. with kegs and eggs specials.
By NANCY TULLIS
VINDICATOR STAFF WRITER
Where's the party?
Area football fans will have plenty of options if they want to watch the Ohio State-Michigan football game Saturday somewhere other than their own living rooms.
Many area restaurants and sports bars are planning special events such as tailgate parties, food and drink specials and drawings and other giveaway events for everything from caps and T-shirts to a tailgate party refrigerator.
Fans can start the day as early as 6 a.m. with kegs and eggs specials at Youngstown Sports Grille, 277 Boardman-Canfield Road. Hostess Kaeleen Kosmo expects fans to have a great time all day. She said there are beer specials and a tailgate party planned.
Starting with kegs and eggs at 9 a.m. is O'Donald's Irish Pub and Grille 6000 Mahoning Ave., Austintown. Owner Mike Chuirazzi said the game-day menu includes lamb, pork, chicken and beef on a spit in addition to beer specials. The party continues into the evening with music by the Michael Murphy Band of Cleveland, he said.
Dan Crump, owner of Barley's at 21 Federal Plaza West, downtown Youngstown, said lamb is on the menu during the game, as well as a special drink called the Buckeye Bomb that will be offered at a special price every time the Buckeyes score. He said he expects a packed house with at least 50 people from his own family and friends alone.
Jeff Metz, co-owner of Damon's at 5580 Youngstown-Warren Road, Niles, expects an early crowd for the 10 a.m. opening. There will be television viewing inside and out, he said. There will be a tailgate party on about half of Damon's parking lot with a large tent, and the staff will be cooking outdoors, Metz said.
Seats inside for the game are first-come, first-served. He said he's been flooded with calls from people asking how early they can get in. For the recent OSU-Illinois game, fans were at the door when he arrived before 10 a.m.