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Super Bowl is busiest carryout day for Baltimore restaurant since pandemic hit

Posted at 8:44 PM, Feb 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-07 23:14:29-05

BALTIMORE — The pandemic changed a lot about the Super Bowl, including how people watch it. With lots of people choosing to watch from home, it was busiest day for carryout and delivery orders at Mother's Federal Hill Grille since the pandemic started.

"It’s just been nonstop," said owner Kelly Rather. "We just called in a second manager."

Mother's Federal Hill Grille was very busy on Super Bowl Sunday in a different way this year, with more people choosing to watch from home.

"We’re gonna go home and watch the super bowl because we’re only allowed to be here for an hour but we’re still able to have a little fun while we’re out here," said David Pittman.

In Baltimore City, there is a 25 percent indoor capacity limit and 1 hour time limit for dining in.

"I think that’s what’s driving so many deliveries and so much carryout. A lot of people are ordering platters of wings so they’re getting together at their houses. I mean it’s hard to say 'First quarter's over you gotta go outside. Maybe come back in for the third quarter,' you know what I mean? Go to another place and then come back here. It makes it really challenging," said Rather.

But still, some chose the social distancing measures in order to celebrate out and about.

"I've been in the house all day so I just wanted to get out," said Asiah Underdue.

"We just wanted to be around some energy. We wanted to feel the community. We live right down the street so we decided to just walk down and catch the game this evening," said Joshua Austin.

During the pandemic, Mother's started their own delivery service they don’t have to pay a third party and can employ more people as drivers. You can access that online or by calling in.