ENC bars and restaurants gear up for Tar Heel fans

GREENVILLE, NC (WITN) – Pre-game coverage of the NCAA basketball championship is underway as bars and restaurants across the East prepare for a jam-packed night of action UNC vs. Kansas.

Monday night’s game is the weekend finale for the Uptown Greenville spots. Doggie Jams and the Final Four game kept bartenders and servers on their toes.

Still, that won’t stop the TVs from staying on and the doors from staying open late once the UNC Tar Heels and Kansas Jayhawks announce at 9:20 a.m. ET.

“In fact, we are doing very well. It was a really good weekend for us,” said Julianne Hughes, bartender at Blackened Kraken. “All of the events have had a lot of people, lots of families and students, so we’ve got plenty of supplies behind the bar.”

Calling in more staff than they usually would on a Monday night, Hughes’ team is ready for a full house and a long line of bar tickets to fill.

Hughes is going to mix in a special menu item just for tonight’s game, a Tar Heel shot.

“A shot of Tar Heel is also known as Blue Kamikaze. It’s equal parts vodka, blue curacao and lime juice,” Hughes said, “and it’s a light blue color .”

For the 12th time, the Tar Heels will face the Jayhawks for the title of champion. UNC hopes to continue its winning streak for a seventh victory overall.

“Everything was prepared this morning or last night, so we are ready to welcome as many people as possible,” added Hughes.

Good food, good drinks and good times are not the only things expected from the East for the game. Former ECU basketball coach Jeff Lebo and former Kinston High Viking Dontrez Stylez will represent the Tar Heels in the Big Easy.

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