Although many of us don our blue and grey Dallas Cowboys apparel on game days, the Town of Addison welcomes visitors from all over the country, no matter what team you support. Last weekend was one of the biggest football weekends of the season, when Dallas faced off against the Green Bay Packers, and many of Addison’s 170 restaurants prepared for the influx of fans. Many Cheeseheads came from Green Bay or elsewhere in Wisconsin to cheer on Aaron Rodger’s team during the nail-biting playoffs win.
“In December 2016, we saw a 10 percent spike in our sales tax revenues,” said Addison tourism representative Orlando Campos. “I think that one of the reasons was the increase in spending during Cowboys games in our restaurants. The last time this happened was when the Rangers were on the path to the World Series.”
Some of the activities last weekend were held at Vernon’s Gastropub, home of the North Texas Cheddar Heads. They hosted a Packer Pep Rally and Fish Fry on Friday Night, where guests enjoyed signature dishes like cheese curds, Johnsonville Brats and Poutines. Saturday was a full house, packed with Wisconsin visitors. On Sunday, the fans hung out in an outdoor tent for tailgating and an extra viewing of the game.
Other restaurants joined in on the fun, including Sanabels, which had Happy Hour from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday; Nate’s Seafood, which had Happy Hour and $1.00 off per pound of Louisiana Boiled Crawfish on Sunday; Chamberlain’s Restaurants, which opened the lounge area early for the game; Sherlock’s, who hosted an all day Happy Hour; Mucky Duck, who offered $3 drafts, $3 wells and $3 Tuaca, Rumple and Fireball on Sunday; Addison Ice House, which served brunch until 3 p.m. on Sunday; La Comida, which served $5 house margaritas, flamingos and mini appetizers on Sunday; and Union Park, which served Happy Hour cocktails and brunch until 3 p.m.
Campos suggested football fans follow Town of Addison activities on Facebook and Instagram @VisitAddison to stay updated on all the specials and deals during game days. “Have fun, enjoy our great food, but celebrate responsibly,” he added.
Whether your favorite team won or lost last weekend, Addison will remain a football fan epicenter for food and fun, especially in the days leading up to the Big Game this February. Good luck to the Green Bay Packers and the other teams who are advancing this season. And Cowboys fans, don’t lose heart because next season, the Boys will be back!