Northwest Georgia gearing up for Monday’s National Championship: Local restaurants prepare for crowds. Retailers selling merchandise and Cedartown shows “Chubb Love.”

Northwest Georgia gearing up for Monday’s National Championship: Local restaurants prepare for crowds. Retailers selling merchandise and Cedartown shows “Chubb Love.”

City of Cedartown declares Monday as “Chubb Love” day for the National Championship Game. The West Theater shows their spirit. (photo courtesy of Ann Marie Tillery)

By Natalie Simms

Fans across Northwest Georgia are gearing up for Monday’s National Championship showdown between Georgia and Alabama. Several local restaurants and retailers are ready for football fans, even the City of Cedartown has declared Monday “Chubb Love” day in honor their hometown boy, Georgia Running Back Nick Chubb.

City of Cedartown officials took to Facebook to declare Monday “Chubb Love” day after the Governor declared last Friday as UGA Football Friday across the state.

“We realize not everyone is a UGA fan, and that’s cool. But as a community, we’ve watched Nick Chubb grow into the fine young man and outstanding athlete that he is today — and THAT is something everyone can rally behind. So when MONDAY rolls around, keep an eye out for our special post, and let us know how you’re showing your hometown #ChubbLove,” states the City of Cedartown’s Facebook post.

One of many display walls at Traditions of Rome full of UGA merchandise. (Hometown photo)

Both Georgia and Alabama fans have been flocking to Traditions of Rome, Inc. at 101 E. 2nd Ave. this week for apparel and more.

“It has been busy…crazy busy this week,” says owner Rudy Childs. “We will have our Rose Bowl shirts coming in this weekend, so we expect to be busy on Monday before the game.”

Traditions of Rome sells just about anything and everything related to college football including apparel, flags, car tags, decals, Tervis cups, signage, signed artwork, wallets, key chains, Christmas ornaments, tailgate items (serving items, tablecloths, plates, napkins), plus bedroom and bathroom accessories including linens, curtains and more.

The store will be open Monday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. if you need something before kickoff.

Some local restaurants are gearing up to feed fans or host game watching events. Rome City Brewing Company on Broad St., typically closed on Mondays, will be opening up for the big game starting with a tailgating party at 4 p.m.

“We were very busy this past Monday for Rose Bowl and expect to be slammed this coming Monday. As you know, we are usually closed on Mondays, but always open for the Natty. This year’s National Championship is a dream Natty with it being Bama vs. UGA,” says co-owner Jay Shell. “So, we are opening up when we are usually closed and we’ll have extra staff. We will have the big screen on the stage and full sound for the game.”

Mellow Mushroom on Broad Street in Rome is also gearing up for a big crowd. Owner Jeremy Duke says they are preparing to have extra staff on hand for Monday’s game.

“We are expecting a big crowd. Mellow has always had a great turnout when it comes to college football and we are expected a lot of people to come watch the game this Monday,” he says.

In addition, Mellow Mushroom is having a special carry-out deal Monday only for two 1-topping large pizzas and 10 wings for $29.99. And for those dining in, they will have $5 small cheese pizzas and 8-piece wings for $5.

Over in Cartersville, Jefferson’s Restaurant at 28 West Main St. are expecting a lot of to-go orders for Monday’s game.

“Last Monday we had a great turnout for the Rose Bowl, despite the very cold weather! We had quite a few larger to-go orders as we expected and we expect a lot of to-go orders for this Monday as well,” says co-owner Noreen Hullander.

Jefferson’s will be airing the game starting at 8 p.m., but still plans to close at 10 p.m. as usual on Monday at this point in time.

“College football is an awesome experience for our restaurant and our favorite sports season. We see typically see a rise in business during the games, both in to-go business and in house. It is great being a family-friendly sports bar in Cartersville,” she says.

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