Northshore businesses taking advantage of Super Bowl

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Posted on January 30, 2013 at 7:29 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 30 at 7:42 PM

Ashley Rodrigue / Eyewitness News
Email: arodrigue@wwltv.com | Twitter: @ashleyrwwl

ST. TAMMANY, La. - The Abita Brewing Company in Abita Springs is in over-drive because demand has been high from early Super Bowl crowds.

"It's keeping us busy,” said David Blossman, president of the Abita Brewing Company. “We're brewing 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, making sure the greater New Orleans area is stocked with Abita Beer so people can have a true Louisiana experience."

The same story goes for The Lakehouse restaurant and catering company in Mandeville as big feeding jobs for Super Bowl parties and attendees keep piling on.

“We're also working for the Dan Patrick Show, the Artie Lange Show, we're doing the celebrity chef support and catering and we're doing another event with the NFL owners' party," said owner Cayman Sinclair.

Tourism officials on the Northshore say it’s great to hear the benefits from the game and experience are stretching beyond fully booked hotels from Covington to Slidell.

"They're going to go back home and tell their friends and family what a great place St. Tammany is and it's a wonderful place to stay and visit," said St. Tammany Parish Tourism and Convention Commission CEO Donna O’Daniels.

The Super Bowl doesn't just mean big bucks for businesses, it means giving an international audience a taste of the Northshore.

"People around the world can taste our product and fall in love with it and the culture of Louisiana and the culinary arts we have here and everything we have to offer," said Blossman.

Sinclair said, "Really kind of a fun thing because we do a lot of film catering so this is kind of a different production catering but it's also part of the same type of format."

O’Daniels said, "We expect to see the benefits from the Super Bowl game here for many, many months and years to come."

Airports on the Northshore, including Slidell and Hammond, are also getting a business boost due to the big game.

 

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