March leads to madness at local sports bars

Basketball fans pack restaurants to catch action

Plenty of people packed sports bars and restaurants early Thursday to take in some March Madness action.

Howie’s in La Crosse saw a big rush during the lunch hour, and had to bring in extra staff to keep the food and drinks flowing.

For a normal Thursday lunch hour, Howie’s would normally have 4 or 5 servers and one bartender on staff. On Thursday, they had two extra servers and an extra bartender on hand.

“This is definitely not a normal lunch hour,” said bartender Drew Hintze. “This is definitely due to the March Madness, definitely got a bigger push.”

Howie’s expects to be even busier tomorrow night, when the Badgers play their first game of the tournament.