Bars, restaurants prepare for game-day influx

On Saturday, the University of Alabama and much of downtown Tuscaloosa will be packed with Crimson Tide fans ready for the first football game of the season.

Bars, restaurants and other businesses across the city have been prepping for the fall season influx long before now.

On Sept. 3, the Crimson Tide takes on Utah State inside Bryant-Denny Stadium. Kickoff is at 6:30 p.m.

Urban Bar and Kitchen owner Gary McGhee said his business downtown is prepared for the larger than normal crowds that come with game days.

“We’re building up the inventory as far as prep, plates all those things like that,” said Mcghee.

Meanwhile, local bar The Booth is getting set to serve a lot of alcohol, said General Manager Landon McCrary.

“We have seven game-day bars across seven different fraternities all across University Boulevard and we’ve been preparing for them all week,” said McCrary.

But this year’s a little different because for the first time ever 18-wheelers loaded with beer have been arriving at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

A few weeks ago, the city of Tuscaloosa approved allowing beer and wine sales inside the stadium. But restaurants aren’t stressing about losing any income, McGhee said.

“We’re not worried about that,” he said. “Our preparations are going to be about the same.”

McCrary said he’s not concerned, either.

“I think the crowd might be a little bit rowdier when they come in here, but I don’t think it will be different than any other Saturday,” he said.

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