PHILADELPHIA (WTXF) - Friday nights are typically busy at this Wingstop on Cottman Avenue in the Northeast. However, on the day before an Eagles playoff game it can't compare to the volume of food they'll put out Saturday.
"We have extreme orders coming in online, call-ins, walk-ins. We're going to be extremely busy tomorrow," said Sydney Mitchell. She's an assistant manager in training here and says her crew's work for tomorrow actually starts tonight. And no pressure but it's the first time the Eagles have been in the playoffs since this Wingstop location has been open.
"We're prepping tonight for tomorrow's big game so we can be ready for everybody. We have staffed for tomorrow backed up and backed up so we can have help. It's going to be like Superbowl all over again. It's going to be so busy," she said.
Chicken is the easy part for them. It's getting ahead on the sides that fans have to have for their watch parties.
"Our sides, our dips, our celery and carrots for the family packs and fries. We got to do blanching so we can have enough fries for the orders and stuff," said Mitchell.
Over at Lee's Hoagie House on Castor Avenue…
"I have some pre-orders for tomorrow already for hoagie trays, cheesesteaks, salads and wings," said owner John Connell. His family owned and run business has been around for 65 years so they're pro's at the fan-demand.
"We'll be in here tomorrow morning cutting, preparing for the day and taking orders all day long. Hopefully before the game, halftime, when the Eagles win and after that," said Connell.
Food sales are only half the battle when it comes to this game. Even businesses are thinking about more than that.
"It's very big for us and the Eagles. We hope the Eagles get a win," said Mitchell.