Julia Blake Anderson
Watering holes on and off of the Square have prepared their staffs for the Double Decker Festival.
The Library, a favorite bar for Oxford locals and visitors, expects to pull in crowds that rival the biggest weekends of football season.
“To be honest with you, it’s like a big football game,” said Manager Paul Radigan. “It’s what we call our Super Bowl. Double Decker, everyone is on the Square, and it’s non-stop, in and out, over and over.”
At Round Table, manager Paul Terner said they will be adding a cover charge, but he doesn’t expect that to keep many people out.
“These bartenders have the opportunity to double or even quadruple their sales easy,” Terner said. “They can make some serious money working a weekend like that because there are just so many people coming through.”
Bars and restaurants on the Square aren’t the only that have prepared for Double Decker crowds. Buffalo Wild Wings is about four miles from the main event, but Manager Summer Farrell said they’ll be packed.
“So we bring in extra staff to make sure the customers are taken care of, extra food to make sure we don’t run out,” Farrell said. “A lot of times, businesses will call us and ask to borrow things because they didn’t prepare.”
Farrell said the bar will be giving out prizes for trivia winners, offering karaoke on the patio and a “Beer Olympics” is in the works to attract the maximum number of customers.
It’s not all fun for the employees, though. Managers have forewarned their staffs about Double Decker weekend, telling employees their time-off requests for the two days involved would not be approved for any reason.
However, Round Table bartender and Ole Miss student Kyle Crotwell is not complaining.
“I’m happy that I’m working because I know just how much money I can make on that weekend,” Crotwell said. “I could make as much as I do in one hour, than I would in one regular week during the school year.”
Double Decker will run through Saturday. For more information about the festival, visit the Double Decker website to find the schedule.