Sup Dogs manager Lindsey Ewing said customers who planned on watching the game were not allowed to enter until 4 p.m. This allowed regular lunch traffic to eat without being rushed by game day traffic.
“At 4 o’clock we had a line all the way down to close to the Varsity of people wanting to sit,” Ewing said.
Soon after 4 p.m., the restaurant was filled to capacity.
This was the second home UNC-Duke game for Sup Dogs, which has only been on Franklin for a little over two years.
“This is our second time doing it on a Saturday,” Ewing said. “It was awesome, but with time I guess we’ve learned how to manage it, when to let them sit down, not let them sit here for 12 hours.”
Ewing says that despite the amount of people there for the game, walkways were cleared and proper management prevented the space from becoming too crowded.
“I believe it was beneficial to our customers and our staff to have everything coordinated and to have a plan set for that day,” she said.
The home game crowds brought Sup Dogs its second best day in sales since it opened in June 2014.