Huskers football cancellation impact on Omaha restaurants and bars

Bars and restaurants planned for a busy weekend
Posted at 7:05 PM, Oct 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-28 20:05:43-04

OMAHA, Neb. — Disappointment travels, and it has definitely traveled from Lincoln to Omaha as news broke of the Huskers football game being canceled. Local bars and restaurants were expecting a bump in revenue this weekend that they're now not going to get. Meanwhile, fans are feeling disappointed.

You can look at it as the glass half empty or half full. The half-empty part is no Huskers football this Saturday.

"It's just like, what else can COVID do to us," Huskers fan Mary Morss asked.

The half-full part is that safety is being prioritized

"We don't want anybody to get this disease," Legends Patio Grill and Bar general manager John Laferla said.

However, for local restaurants and bars that have experienced hit after hit, they were counting on the game to bring in some extra revenue.

"Business has been slow this year obviously and so we really count on these games. So when we hear that they're canceled it hurts our bottom line a lot," Laferla said.

Legends Patio and Grill and Bar in Aksarben had everything planned and ready to go for the big weekend.

"We had a lot of specials planned, we were going to smoke up a lot of meats and stuff. No more of that. We'll just have to postpone it to the following one and hopefully, that one happens," Laferla added.

Fans of course are hoping for the same thing.

"It's so much fun cause I've been here [The Good Life Bar and Grill] for a Nebraska game and it's a ball. It is a blast. So hopefully we get back to that," Huskers fan Karen Sass said.

Fans and restaurants hope to get back to Huskers football, and normality, soon.

"Sadly enough we're starting to just get used to it. Like I said, just making the best of a bad situation," The Good Life Bar & Grill owner Chad McMahon said.

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