It’s not every day that you are stuck with a $4,000 tab and feel good about.
Well, you don’t know Steve Parker and his staff at the Lee’s Summit Minsky’s Pizza.
Parker, owner and operator of the establishment, wagered Feb. 2 that the Denver Broncos would defeat the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII. As part of the watch party promotion, Parker promised to take care of the bill for every customer in attendance if Seattle won.
Seattle, of course, burned Denver by a score of 43-8, forcing the Lee’s Summit resident to swallow the tab for close to 175 people for a net loss of more than $4,000.
“Those bartenders were working like crazy.” Parker said Feb. 12, nearly a week-and-a-half after the initial damage. “It was just drink after drink after drink. All food, all desserts; everything that you could buy here was free.”
Parker, a self-admitted Kansas City Chiefs fan, said he chose the rival Broncos simply because he liked their quarterback, future Hall-of-Fame player Peyton Manning. Parker figured Manning was the X-factor against Seattle, hated foe or not.
Boy, was he wrong.
“At 29-0 I knew it was over; in the middle of the third quarter I went ahead and conceded the bet,” Parker said. “Up until then, I still thought they had a shot – even when the score was 22-0.”
Connor Cable, one of two bartenders who worked the watch party, warned Parker to roll with Seattle.
“I told him Seahawks,” Cable said. “Both of the bartenders told him Seahawks, and we were in here cheering for the Seahawks. I figured he would go with the Broncos because it was a safe bet, but as a Chiefs fan I kind of hated it.”
Cable, a Lee’s Summit resident, has worked at Minsky’s for eight of the 10 years the business has had a location here. He has spent the last four as bartender and said he has never been as busy as he was during the game between Denver and Seattle.
“In all of the promotions that we have done, that was the busiest we’ve been,” Cable said. “That was the first event that I can remember that we both (bartenders) were non-stop working from start to finish. Normally one of us can kind of relax for a few minutes.”
The promotion was the fifth time that Parker and Minsky’s has offered it during a Super Bowl watch party. The loss was the third time in five years. None of the previous losses reached the level of this year’s gamble.
“It’s an ongoing thing that we do yearly,” Parker said. “It’s a lot of fun – and I like to gamble. It was loud and crazy and everybody had a good time. Everybody knew that they were drinking on the house.”