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Saturday, January 27, 2001

By George F. Lee, Star-Bulletin
Robbie Acoba, owner of Eastside Grill, stands among prizes
he intends to give away tomorrow. The Puck's Alley eatery
will offer a brunch buffet, games and other family entertainment.
A variety of isle restaurants have big party plans
for Super Bowl Sunday.

Super party time

Isle bars, restaurants and markets
gear up to make sure everyone
wins at Super Bowl
Sunday festivities

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GET ready for tomorrow. Eastside Grill will kick off with pancakes, followed by baby-back ribs and snow crab legs and score with a bowl of saimin.

The eatery at Puck's Alley hosts a celebration of Super Bowl XXXV, offering a chance to win two round-trip tickets to Las Vegas at the end of the game.

"We're creating a fun atmosphere," said owner Robbie Acoba, who's planning a brunch buffet, trivia games and countless door prizes.

"No one's going home empty-handed," he said.

Or empty-stomached.

Supermarkets and restaurants are gearing up for the New York Giants vs. Baltimore Ravens game tomorrow. Kickoff is expected shortly after 1 p.m. Since Eastside Grill's opening five months ago, Super Bowl Sunday will be its first big event.

Not only did Acoba want to cater to sports fans, but also to nonfans by arranging for caricature artist John Isara from Royal Hawaiian Caricatures to draw free personal cartoons for attendees.

"It's a family party," said Acoba, who two weeks ago had sold 140 tickets for $65 each for the all-you-can-eat event.

Miller Lite inflatable chairs, a CD-ROM player, T-shirts and a TV set are some of the items that will be given away as prizes.

Sports fans made early reservations two weeks ago at the All Star Hawaii, a sports theme restaurant at King Kalakaua Plaza in Waikiki, filling up 10 booths on the second floor. General Manager Nicole Barrious expects at least 450 people to attend the Super Bowl party.

Because of an additional cafe recently built on the ground floor, Barrious said the event will be larger than the past two Super Bowl festivities. Especially with 38 screens, a pupu buffet for $9.99 and a sports memorabilia auction benefiting Athletes Helping Kids and the Hawaii Foodbank.

Two tents and two large TV screens will also be set up in front of All Star Hawaii to accommodate 100 more fans.

Manager Leigh Oshiro at Bob's Fishmarket in Ward Farmers Market, said business on Super Bowl Sunday is a lot busier than usual. By 7 a.m., a lot of people are waiting to buy poke, said Oshiro.

Limu aku, one of the poke items available at Bob's for $6.50 a pound, usually sells the most, she said.

Sheryl Toda, director of corporate communications for Foodland Super Market Ltd., said, "Our stores are quite busy on Saturday and especially busy on Sunday right before the game begins."

To cater to the Super Bowl crowd, Foodland has specials on potato chips, beer and steak.

Toda looks forward to spending time with friends. She likes the commercials more than the football game.

"For me, I enjoy the food and the fellowship with friends more than the game itself," said Tod.

"They have the best commercials during the Super Bowl," she said. "They're all really fun and creative."

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