Sabres Lose, Bar Owners Still Smiling

September 27, 2013 Updated Apr 19, 2010 at 11:28 PM EDT

By John Borsa

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September 27, 2013 Updated Apr 19, 2010 at 11:28 PM EDT

The Sabres are in the playoffs for the first time in three seasons and that means big crowds are back at Bada Bing on a Monday, which is usually one of the slowest nights of the week.

"There's usually about ten of our regulars here - couple out of town people - but nothing crazy," said manager Alan Williams.

"This is very good," he added, looking at the packed bar and seating area.

Food sales are up and alcohol sales are even higher thanks to the playoff series featuring the hometown hockey team, according to Williams.

Other bars are also seeing increases compared to this time last year.

But playoff profits are a double edged sword. A playoff game can have the opposite effect when the Sabres lose, like the team did on Monday night.

"Everyone goes home," Williams said. "That's what happened on Saturday when they lost."

That Saturday afternoon loss ended up killing business at many bars and restaurants on Saturday evening, usually the most lucrative of time of the week.

"It helps when they win," said Williams.