Restaurants Opening Early for Penn State Kick Off

By Ashley Doerzbacher

Published 08/29 2014 05:03PM

Updated 08/29 2014 05:45PM

ALTOONA - fans are ready for another season of Nittany Lion football.
"I think everyone's excited we've had people coming in all week talking about it," said Janel McMaster, a bar tender at Hotel Belmar.
But what do you do when kick off for the first game is at 8:30 in morning?  If you're a restaurant owner in central Pennsylvania, you open early and serve breakfast.
"Some cinnamon french toast, egg sausage toast, ham platter, and we're going to have the mess," said Steve Horton, Owner of Cobrh's.
Horton said people started talking about what to do for the game weeks ago. He'll be opening at seven tomorrow morning.
"We've never done it. We've never opened for breakfast. But if it takes off, it might be in the future, once or twice a month to have a weekend breakfast club."
And they're not the only ones opening early. Hotel Belmar is expecting a packed house tomorrow for the game.
"I'm wondering if they're going to watch football more than they're going to eat, but eventually they're going to get a little hungry," said Fred Beegle, head cook at Hotel Belmar.
Beegle said he's already got his green eggs and ham keesh made, and they'll be serving up a mess of sausage, potatoes, eggs and peppers.
"I have a back-up situation set so that if more do come, it's a quick pop in the oven and 15 minutes later its done. Or we open up the other grill and prep on that."
Even bar tenders are ready to go.
"We're making Jello shots today, so we'll have Jello shots, we'll make them up today, we'll start squeezing some fresh oranges for juice have that ready," said McMaster.
Restaurants are ready, and you can bet those fans are ready, too.

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