June 26, 2014
Over the past few days, patriotic patrons have been packing into Charlottesville restaurants to cheer on Team USA.
As Team USA continues their World Cup quest, local restaurants are seeing a boost in business. At the Shebeen, owner Walter Slawski has been hosting watch parties after seeing the impact of the previous World Cup matches.
"It was busier than graduation Saturday on the first day that the US played. Four years ago it made a huge difference to our overall revenue," said Slawski.
Another big draw for area restaurants and bars has been the College World Series. Fans of the University of Virginia Cavaliers watched that tournament unfold on the big screens at Wild Wing Café.
"We were slammed for about three hours non-stop. Being such a big sports bar, the best sports bar, it helps when UVa. does well," said John Hoberg, assistant manager at Wild Wings Café.
Over at Wild Wings, Hoberg was hoping some heartbroken Wahoos would come back to dry their tears with some wings and beer during Thursday’s World Cup match.
"We've staffed up for a very full house. We'll have bar tenders downstairs, upstairs and inside. We're really hoping we kick it off well," Hoberg said.
At the Shebeen, Slawski says the restaurant got so packed during the last USA game that they've rented extra chairs so plenty of fans can root for the red white and blue today.