Island businesses get ready for the big game
There seems to be only one topic of conversation among New Englanders this week, and residents of Conanicut Island are no exception. The New England Patriots perfect season will be talked about for a long time, but the story will really be one for the ages if the Pats, and Tom Brady's ailing ankle, can carry their perfection through Super Bowl XLII this Sunday.
While the Super Bowl always carries with it a prime opportunity for a get together, having the hometown team trying to make history has many islanders gearing up for a big celebration. Maurice Browning, manager of McQuade's Market, said shoppers may notice a departure from the normal green attire of the store employees on game day. "The dress code goes out the window that day. I am sure they will be all decked out in their Patriots gear," he said.
The market is prepared for the party rush, however. "We have plenty of chips and dips and we can make cheese or meat platters with about 24 hours notice," Browning said.
Grapes and Gourmet is making sure everyone has the perfect brew on hand for the game. Customers have shown a lot of interest and curiosity about what the shop has in store for the weekend.
"We are having a beer tasting on Saturday," Paula LaBarre said. "We are going to be preparing some of the products we have here for appetizers, like fondu and marinated steak tips, and pairing them with the beer."
"We will also be offering superpack snack platters, with everything you need to go out the door for people who don't want to work and just watch the game," she said.
Stop by Jamestown Wine and Spirits for a chance to be decked out in the ultimate fan's gear. "We are having a raffle for a Tom Brady jersey," owner Ilesh Patel. He is also offering a big selection of microbrews for variety at any party. Just be sure to get them early, because Patel will be home rooting for his pick in the big game. "The Patriots, of course," he said.
Narragansett Café is hosting a Super Bowl party for anyone who wants to keep the kitchen clean and let someone else do the work. Festivities start at 4 p.m. Rocca will be offering a designated driver "The Gansett Gurney," for a safe ride home. The event will be the first major one for new owner, John Rocca.
For those who would like to do the work themselves and take advantage of the mild temperatures that are forecasted, Jamestown Hardware has plenty of firewood, charcoal, and grill essentials. "We also have a brand new stock of Weber grills for tailgate parties," Paul Cardin said.
One thing all of the retailers agree on, there is unlikely to be an unoccupied television set anywhere on Conanicut Island after 6 p.m. on Sunday.