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All You Can Eat

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February 1, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Don’t count on restaurants being open Super Bowl Sunday

File photo of Ethan Stowell (right) and Brandon Kirksey at Rione XIII. Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times

File photo of Ethan Stowell (right) and Brandon Kirksey at Rione XIII. Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times

There are plenty of restaurants and bars planning Super Bowl viewing parties. But don’t count on heading to your favorite place during the game, especially if you don’t normally find a TV on the wall there. Lots of other restaurants will close early or stay shut all day for Super Bowl Sunday.

All of the Ethan Stowell Restaurants will be closed, and that’s saying a lot. Eltana Bagels branches will close their doors at 2 p.m. (“Go Hawks!” says the web site.) The 9-course “Menu For Red Heads” at The Herbfarm restaurant, a theme planned months in advance and running through Feb. 9, won’t be served on Sunday. (“Everyone would have cancelled! Staff day off!” co-owner Ron Zimmerman said on Twitter when I asked, with a #12thMan added for good measure.) Even Zoe Frozen Yogurt‘s branches have signs up letting customers know to get their treats Sunday before 3 p.m. or after 7 p.m. so that employees can enjoy the game too.

If your favorite restaurant is open and not showing the game, though, it might be a great chance to score a table. I was taking my visiting dad out to dinner during the final playoff game, and we were seated immediately at The Whale Wins, normally a good 2-hour wait. I was thinking I might repeat the feat Sunday, but just checked and — sure enough — Whale is closed after 3 p.m., while sister restaurants Barnacle and Walrus and the Carpenter will be closed all day. Walrus is actually closed through Feb. 10 — maybe they’re planning one heck of a victory party?

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