Impact of Huskers Football Cancellation on Omaha Restaurants and Bars

OMAHA, Neb .– Disappointment travels, and it was definitely traveling from Lincoln to Omaha when news broke of the Huskers soccer game being canceled. Local bars and restaurants expected an increase in sales this weekend that they will no longer see now. Meanwhile the fans are disappointed.

You can think of it as a half empty or half full glass. The half-empty part is not a Huskers football this Saturday.

“It’s just what else COVID can do to us,” asked Husker’s fan Mary Morss.

The half full part is that safety is a priority

“We don’t want anyone to get this disease,” said John Laferla, general manager of Legends Patio Grill and Bar.

However, for local restaurants and bars that went hit after hit, they counted on the game for extra income.

“Business has obviously been slow this year and that’s why we’re really counting on these games, so if we hear them being canceled it will hurt our bottom line a lot,” said Laferla.

The legends Patio and Grill and Bar in Aksarben had everything planned and ready for the big weekend.

“We had a lot of specials planned, we wanted to smoke a lot of meat and so on. Not any more of that. We just have to postpone it to the next and hopefully that will happen,” added Laferla.

Fans naturally hope for the same.

“It’s so fun because I was here [The Good Life Bar and Grill] for a Nebraska game and it’s a ball. It’s a great time. Hopefully we’ll come back to that, “said Husker’s fan Karen Sass.

Fans and restaurants hope to get back to Huskers football and normalcy soon.

“Unfortunately, we’re getting used to it. As I said, we just make the best of a bad situation,” said Chad McMahon, owner of Good Life Bar & Grill.

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