Restaurant owner gears up for Super Bowl as supply chain issues persist

ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) – Restaurants across South Georgia and the country have been impacted by COVID-19 and inflation on some popular food items.

Now, as they prepare for the Super Bowl on Sunday, they’re hoping for a return on their investment.

Jason Priest, owner of River City Grille and Pizzeria tells me things are looking up. They’re not as bad as they used to be.

They’re still hoping the Super Bowl on Sunday will give them a nudge in the right direction.

Priest says he’s charged more than double what he did last year for things like chicken. Supply chain issues continued to cause these issues.

Priest is a native of Bainbridge(WALB)

“COVID has certainly hit the restaurant industry harder than anyone. We live with it every day here,” Priest says.

He tells me he might even run out of wings at his Super Bowl event this weekend. For last year’s Super Bowl, he dealt with a completely different issue.

“It was pretty tough. We were limited to what we could do here, spacing people out,” Priest said.

Like many others, his business had to adapt. He started offering take-out, but he noted there was nothing quite like the atmosphere of being there in person.

“This year we are kind of very open. Were able to accommodate more people. There should be a good crowd tomorrow for the Super Bowl. We’ll put some music on inside the bar so people can sit back and relax,” says Priest.

Drinks and special dishes will be offered from the brunch
Drinks and special dishes will be offered from the brunch(WALB)

They are ready, like many restaurants, to offer offers. Although prices may still be higher than what you are used to.

“We were able to lower the prices a bit. But of course we still have to make money.

Not only the owner, but the bartenders would also appreciate a few more people joining than last year.

“We’re starting to pick up and hopefully it will continue to get better,” says Hannah Lee, bartender at River City Grille and Pizzeria.

They will open earlier to welcome Super Bowl fans with deals on beer and food.

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