CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Browns are no longer a factory of sadness—at least for now.
Downtown bars got an assembly line full of happy fans during the team’s first preseason game against the Washington Redskins.
“I don’t think anything compare to the Browns game,” said Dominic Kandrach, General Manager of Bar Louie’s W. 3rd Street.
Last week, Kandrach says his bar made more than $15,000 during the Browns’ scrimmage. He says it’s about double or triple that for a preseason and regular season game.
“It’s nice when the Cavs won, but when the Browns are winning, that’s a whole other thing that will ignite the whole city,” he said.
Thursday, the excitement around the team at Bar Louie and other area businesses was palpable. Fans packed the inside and outside of Bar Louie to see the new look squad take the field for the first time.
Kandrach says this is just the beginning.
“This is a small dose of what we're going to see,” he said.
The Browns is one of the hottest tickets in the NFL, playing multiple primetime games for the first time in years. Krandrach says bars around downtown are destined to see additional revenue.
He says people won’t want to sit at home to watch a team with the potential to make the playoffs--something that hasn' been done in over a decade.
“They are going to come down to Cleveland to watch the games,” he said. “That’s going to make a huge difference.”