Businesses weigh in on Super Bowl impact
EAST RUTHERFORD - One week after Super Bowl Sunday, restaurants, bars and shops have mixed opinions on the big game's impact on the state.
Al Di La's in East Rutherford advertised that it was open for Super Bowl fans, but owner Domenick Anfuso said the fans didn't come.
The restaurant is located close to MetLife Stadium, but since fans couldn't walk to the game, Anfuso said that left some seats empty.
"It wasn't as good as we expected because the people were almost forced by way of transportation to go elsewhere, to go to New York or places where they could get shuttled in and take mass transit in," he says.
Other bars and restaurants near the stadium who sponsored tailgate parties say they faired pretty well on Super Bowl Sunday, packing in hundreds of locals.
Alexa Maniaci, of Anna Rose Floral Design, says Super Bowl Sunday was good to her. Her North Haledon business was picked by the NFL to decorate MetLife Stadium.