As the Vols get ready to take on Kentucky up in Lexington, local businesses prepare to see a wave of customers wanting to watch the game.
WATE 6 On Your Side reporter Elizabeth Kuebel talking to local businesses gearing up for big crowds of basketball fans Saturday.
Clancy’s managers are expecting lots of fans to pour into the downtown pub, anticipating a line out the door and standing room only.
“As the season has progressed and the team’s been doing better and better, we seem to be getting busier with each game,” said server and manager Jasmin Dingley.
But don’t worry, they’ve been preparing for the influx, doubling up on their popualr beers and liquors.
“And as far as food goes, we’ve been having three prep cooks working all day in the kitchen. We’ll have them coming in early tomorrow too, to amp up on our foods,” Dingley said.
Same story down the street – closer to campus, at Fieldhouse Social…
The restaurant has been growing increasingly busy on gamedays, as the Tennessee basketball season has progressed.
And Saturday, should be packed.
“I would say right now if we have this much space between us, that would be comfortable,” manager Mark Young said.
But they, too, know exactly what to do to handle and serve the crowds of orange.
“What we do is essentially get everybody in early. And everybody knows, they’ve walked into this environment before, so we know what’s coming to us,” Young said.
The fans are making gamedays a win for these Knoxville businesses, who are equally hoping for a win on the court.