By Heather Janssen

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Sacramento restaurants hit hard by the pandemic and hopeful for recovery are looking to score big on Super Bowl Sunday.

It’s typically one of the busier days of the year, with many people either hitting a bar or a house party. This year is obviously different, but some businesses still have goals of their own for the big game.

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“You make extra everything and you make three five-gallon buckets of ranch,” Vanessa Garcia, owner of Luigi’s Pizza Parlor, said.

The restaurant is filled with stacks of empty boxes, ready for pizza. Garcia said alongside her staff, they’re prepared whatever the day throws at them.

“It’s our busiest day of the year, hands down,” Garcia said.

The pandemic can’t starve a Super Bowl staple, with business still holding strong. At Luigi’s, they’re thankful people seem stuck to tradition.

“People start calling a week in advance,” Garcia said.

Though for others this year, the big game is anything but the same.

“This year it’s going to be a much smaller crowd,” said Alexis Fabian, whose Super Bowl Sunday will feel different. He’s planning to order in, rather than cook.

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“This year I probably won’t,” Fabian said. “Just order some pizza, get some wings – make it easier on myself.”

At Broderick’s Roadhouse in midtown Sacramento, they’re hoping to be on the receiving end of those decisions since their typical football atmosphere won’t be seen.

“Typically we would have the game on,” said Carmela Cervantes, who works at Broderick’s. “But no one is able to sit inside.”

They’re catering to the takeout crowd and tackling the Super Bowl, pandemic style.

“Day by day, we never know what’s coming next,” Cervantes said.

The restaurant is hopeful for an influx of orders. They’re not winging it, either, and already prepped for the big day.

“Just making sure we have plenty of supplies is our big preparation,” Cervantes said. “We anticipate a good day.”

The National Retail Federation expects more than 185 million viewers for this year’s game. Though a majority of people – per the survey – plan to stay home avoiding bars or house parties.

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