Saturday night is often one of the busiest evenings for restaurants, but this Saturday boxing fans may be opting to stay home to watch one of the most anticipated boxing matches in history.
The highlight of the evening is the Floyd Mayweather Jr. versus Conor McGregor fight at 8:55 p.m. The broadcast starts at 6 p.m. on Showtime with a 10-round cruiserweight fight between Andrew Tabiti and former champion Steve Cunningham prior to the Mayweather and McGregor fight.
The national anthem will be sung by pop star Demi Lovato and each boxer certainly knows how to make an entrance. For example, Justin Bieber has accompanied Mayweather in the past. So it’s safe to say, this is kind of of a big deal.
While some diners will be hosting parties on their own, others (who may not have Showtime at home) will be visiting restaurants that are hosting boxing events, airing the fight for theirs guests.
Want to see what restaurants in your area are showing the fight? Joe Hand Promotions outlines the viewing areas by zip code.
How popular do restaurants that have viewing parties really get? Apparently, it’s not uncommon for it to get packed.
“I just wanted to let you know how successful Saturday Fight Nights are here in the Manahawkin T.G.I. Friday’s. The bar area is standing room only and we have had to add a server on to a section of the dining room that is normally closed at that time where the fights are still able to be viewed. My bartenders fight to work the shifts when the fights are on. We have a packed house and look forward to UFC fight night every month,” said Tina Nelson, a general manager T.G.I. Friday's to Joe Hand Promotions.
It’s also not uncommon for restaurants and bars to charge an entrance fee, which sports fans are more than willing to pay. So not only are food sales bound to spike at establishments airing the event, but this has become another revenue stream for restaurants.
We decided to take a look at a few of the restaurants in the country that are leveraging this popular sporting event to ensure their Saturday is poppin’.
Atwood Kitchen & Bar Room In NYC
This New York gem is operated by At Your Service Hospitality Group, which also is the group behind Ivy and Shay.
For those boxing lovers who want more than just sports bar bites while enjoying the Mayweather and McGregor fight, Atwood Kitchen & Bar has a flavorful menu with an array of beloved bar snacks, appetizers, entrees, and sides.
Known for its classic American fare, Executive Chef Bradley Warner serves up bar snacks like the Chorizo Toast, appetizers like salmon Tartare and Smashed Avocado, and entrees like the Seared Beef Tenderloin.
This Saturday, the restaurant will be feeding the masses who don’t want to miss the fight, while they grab a delicious bite. But to view the fight, guests have to purchase a $21 admission ticket.
American Social in Miami’s Brickell
This hot spot is already packed on Saturday nights. But on days when there is a big sporting event like Saturdays fight, the restaurant and bar sells tickets in advance and at the door.
Early-bird tickets, which are almost sold out, went on sale on July 29th and are $20. At the doors sales are available, but are limited and more expensive. Table bookings on the waterfront patio, or at the inside tables or in the private rooms for groups is also available, but limited.
The trendy Brickell restaurant is known for its lively atmosphere, wide selection of craft beers, craft cocktails, and share plates from its scratch kitchen.