Orange Bowl watch parties mean big business for area restaurants

Orange Bowl watch parties mean big business for area restaurants
Published: Jan. 3, 2014 at 11:54 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 4, 2014 at 12:16 AM EST
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Just a few hours before kickoff and all was quiet at Sparian's in Mt. Pleasant.

"This is the calm before the storm," said General Manager John Ramm.

The arcade and bowling alley is expecting over three hundred Ohio State fans for Friday night's matchup with Clemson in the Discover Orange Bowl.

Sparian's plays host to Buckeye Alumni in Charleston throughout the year.

"It's really an advantage as opposed to a normal restaurant when you kind of wait to see what comes in," he said.

In West Ashley, King Street Grille enjoyed its last few moments of silence before hundreds of expected Clemson fans.

"We have an upstairs area that they pretty much take over," said Mike VanHorn, general manager of the West Ashley Grille.

The restaurant has developed a relationship with Clemson Alumni in Charleston, drawing huge crowds for each Tiger football away game.

Tonight was no different.

"It creates that environment for all fans, it doesn't matter what game you like.  Once you're in this environment, you have no choice but to get absorbed into that atmosphere."

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