Fiesta Bowl keeps Baton Rouge sports bars busy on Tuesday’s holiday

Fiesta Bowl creates holiday rush for Baton Rouge sports bars

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The LSU Tigers were not the only winners on Tuesday. Thanks, in part, to a noon kickoff, Walk-On’s was one of dozens of restaurants and bars in Baton Rouge that benefited from LSU’s appearance in a New Year’s Six bowl game.

“Whenever we have a bowl game and it’s January 1, it’s always going to be a whole lot better than when we don’t,” manager Nando Cuellar said. “Even with people being out last night and having a good time for New Year’s, they still managed to come out and have a good time with us.”

Cuellar, who handles the Walk-On’s location near LSU’s campus, said the restaurant was packed for most of the first-half. New Year’s might otherwise have been a slower business day.

“I wanted to be somewhere where people are yelling and screaming so that I blend in,” LSU master’s student Basem Elkhatib said from his seat in front of a TV at the Walk-On’s bar. Elkhatib earned his undergraduate degree from UCF.

“When you come here, it’s a whole different level,” he said. “Just living in Baton Rouge, living by campus and going to campus, (LSU football) is almost a religion."

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