(WPRI) — Business was booming across the capital city Friday night as Providence College Friar fans flocked to bars and restaurants to watch the game.
Bradley Cafe was packed full of the Friar faithful as the No. 11 Providence College faced off against No. 6 Kentucky.
“It’s just electrifying,” Bradley Cafe co-owner Amy Viens said. “[Our patrons] love the college, they love the Friars, and we love them.”
Even though the Friars were knocked out of the Big Dance, fans came out in droves to support their team.
“They’re our bread an butter,” Viens said. “When the Friars are playing, the energy is incredible.”
The situation was similar at The Abbey, where Friars fans were mixed in among the restaurant’s St. Patrick’s Day crowd.
“St. Patrick’s Day is a huge holiday for us anyway, but having all of these people in here for the game is electric for us,” The Abbey owner Katie Hawksley said.
The Rhode Island Firefighters Pipes and Drums performed for patrons at Blake’s Tavern, which was packed for both the holiday and the game.
“It’s been great,” Blake’s Tavern owner Sana Asstafan said. “We couldn’t ask for a better day.”