Restaurants are seeing a surge in patrons during state basketball championships.

LINCOLN, Nebraska (Nebraska) – Restaurants in downtown Lincoln and the Haymarket are booming during the state basketball championships at the Pinnacle Bank Arena.

One restaurant that has been influenced by the games is HopCat.

This year the games for girls and boys are split into two different weeks, and this season HopCat is even busier than last.

Jessica Wilcox, general manager of the restaurant, said the games give them a full dining room with people from all over Nebraska.

“This year, the state’s women’s basketball already outsells our sales last year when both of them combined, so I definitely think it’s something that continues to evolve and I think it’s going to get bigger and better every year.” , Wilcox said. .

She said that as the restaurant gets very busy, she had to hire more staff to keep up with the influx of customers. However, she said she definitely enjoyed seeing all of the players and their families eating at HopCat.

“It’s crowded, crowded, you see people just walking the streets, people coming in who have never been here before, which is really great for us when we have new guests and it’s fun to see all the different teams here from different countries. cities across the state,” Wilcox said.

She said she’s happy with what games are bringing to the business and can’t wait for future basketball seasons.

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