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Super Bowl Brings Big Business To Attman’s Delicatessen

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BALTIMORE (WJZ)—The Ravens fell just short of the Super Bowl, so Sunday will be a rough day for many fans. But for some Baltimore businesses it’s a different story.

Ron Matz reports for one Baltimore landmark it will be the busiest day of the year.

The phones are ringing at Attman’s Delicatessen. Party platters and more will be the order of the day for Super Bowl Sunday.

“This is the Super Bowl, no matter what you say. Maybe some people might go to the movies, but it’s a great event. It’s like Thanksgiving almost. Friends and family are together. People travel to be with their family, and when people are together you know what they like to do: talk and eat,” said Marc Attman, owner of Attman’s Delicatessen.

Attman’s will sell 3,000 pounds of corned beef on Sunday and lots of hot dogs, too.

“They do everything for Super Bowl. Our biggest thing is pounds of corned beef and pounds of pastrami. Our corned beef is the best, and I’m not just saying that,” said James Holloway, who has worked at Attman’s Delicatessen for 32 years.

Lines will form inside, and delivery trucks will hit the road.

“It’s a whole big weekend. We’ll start preparing today. Saturday is huge and Sunday is like a barrage in here. We have eight or nine trucks delivering all our food around the city, Howard County and even D.C.,” Attman said.

Grab a pickle and some chips–super size it, too.

“The Lombard Trophy is our classic: corned beef, roast beef, turkey, imported Swiss, lettuce, tomato on a loaf of rye bread and serves five people,” Attman said. “We give you coleslaw, a pickle assortment and a container of our famous Attman’s mustard. It’s $39.95, and it’s our big seller, and we only do it for the Super Bowl.”

It’s a sweet way to enjoy the big game.

“It’s very busy Sunday. Everybody is so hyped up regardless of who’s playing. It’s like Christmas to people. It’s just a big day,” Holloway said.

“If the Ravens were in the Super Bowl it’s probably maybe double the business we’ll do Sunday,” Attman said. “We experienced it 10 years ago. It was a like a two-week party from when they won the AFC Championship to the Super Bowl.”

The National Retail Federation estimates that Americans will spend $11 billion celebrating Super Bowl Sunday, and an estimated 7 million people will call in sick on Monday.

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