CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Super Bowl Sunday isn't a "water day," said Bill Smeedy, owner of The Cold Spot. "It's chicken wings and beer day."
Super Bowl Sunday is the biggest day of the year for The Cold Spot. The North Charleston game day institution sold more than 30,000 of its famous wings by 3 p.m. Sunday, Smeedy said.
"I feel like people need a break from being cooped up in bad weather, bad water and everything in between," said Smeedy, who wasn't phased by the region's recent water crisis.
Customers with trepidation could get bottled water there, but Smeedy said water's not what most customers are looking for while enjoying the game.
Rocky Hamer and Lorrie Harmon, both of Nitro, said they've been coming to The Cold Spot religiously for years. Normally "enemies," Harmon is a Steelers fan while Hamer sported a Cowboys jersey, the two were enjoying a few cold ones while waiting on their to-go order.
Hamer, who grew up in the area, first became familiar with the establishment in his late teens. He and Harmon come for the wings, the atmosphere and Amber, their favorite bartender.
"The beer's cold," Hamer said while listing the finer points of the bar.
Neither Hamer nor Harmon are drinking the water and are careful with their exposure.
"I'm the kind of guy who enjoys his shower," Hamer said, but he's only been spending a quick five minutes bathing since the "do not use" advisory was lifted for nine counties whose drinking water was contaminated after a chemical spill into the Elk River in early January.
Hamer and Harmon said they believe it will be a long time before things return to business as usual in the Kanawha Valley. Harmon added she's always joked its residents are "lab rats."
"This has always been 'The Chemical Valley'," Harmon said of the area's nickname. "It's always been a concern, but you take their word for it."
Restaurateurs throughout the region have been sensitive to customer concerns about tap water and many continue to cook with and serve bottled water.