Got a case of ‘hooping cough’?
Fans planning to call in sick to catch the games needn’t worry; Hickory Tavern—a casual-dining chain based in Charlotte, N.C.—has them covered. The chain is handing out fake doctors’ notes redeemable for a free plate of nachos in-restaurant on March 17 and 18. It’s a prime excuse for anyone suffering from “basketball fever,” Hickory Tavern notes.
A cure for the bracket blues
Hooters vows to help crestfallen fans cope with their favorite teams’ losses with its #StopBracketSadness promotion. As fans’ brackets become busted, they can “let the healing begin” with the chain’s beer specials and new stuffed burgers, CMO Carl Sweat says. Customers also will receive a branded pint glass with certain purchases.
Man cave madness
One Native Grill & Wings customer will get more than Buffalo sauce this March Madness season, as the casual-dining chain is set to give away one custom man cave at a $4,000 value. Women also are eligible for the chance to outfit a room of their own, obtained by filling out a bracket on the chain’s website.
Battle of the bivalves
Crave Fishbar, an NYC seafood restaurant, is hosting a surf war of sorts, pitting four types of East Coast oysters and four West Coast varieties against one another, DNAinfo reports. Customers fill out brackets based on how well they think each type will fare at the restaurant, and the varieties with the highest weekly sales will advance to the next round. Guests who end the competition with a perfect bracket will receive wine, a gift certificate and an oyster-shucking kit.