Janesville bar owners stock up for Brewers, Badgers games
Bar owners are scrambling to take advantage of not one but two big games this Super Saturday.
They’ve spent the last few days ordering more wings and mulling drink and food specials for today’s doubleheader of Brewers and Badgers. They’re hoping the games bring people out to their bars to cheer on their teams.
Three large-screen TVs will be on deck at the Watering Hole, 1700 N. Washington St.
Literally on the deck—three TVs outside and five TVs inside.
Patti Creek, manager, said she lucked out because the bar had planned a free corn boil at 4 p.m. followed by a meat raffle to benefit Janesville Youth Baseball. That was before she learned Thursday about the Brewers playoff schedule.
“We already had so much planned,” Creek said. “It’s all going to tie in quite nicely.”
She ordered extra beer and food.
“We’re hoping that everybody just eats a piece of corn and orders something from the menu,” she said.
“I think it will be a great day. I think everybody’s pumped for Wisconsin sports, right now. We’re hoping that everybody wants to hang on the Watering Hole deck.”
At Wiggy’s Saloon, 9 N. Parker Drive, owner Katie Wygans had also just found out Thursday the Brewers would play this afternoon.
She already had the Badger game later that night under control.
“Now, it’s like, ‘What am I going to do for the Brewers?’” she said.
She said she’d get out some Brewers stuff, ready some raffles and run some beer bucket specials.
She offers Jell-O shots with every touchdown.
“I’m going to have to come up with some other special for Saturday,” she said.
“I think it will be a real big day,” Wygans said. “I hope so.”
“I can still call and get more wings.”
She suggested that sports fans dress in sports layers: a Brewers T-shirt to wear during the day because it should be warm and a Badger sweatshirt to wear at night.
Therese Bobzien of Stokes Pub hadn’t given this afternoon much thought when she heard the schedule on Thursday. She knew she didn’t have much time to advertise any specials.
The bar always has beer specials going during the Brewers games, she said.
She’s hoping for a crowd to gather around the bar’s four TVs.
“I’ll keep my fingers crossed and hope they want to come to Stokes for lunch and stick around to watch the game,” she said.