- The Washington Times - Monday, February 4, 2002

Super Bowl Sunday was busy for the bakers, who spun, threw and caught pizza dough in the air and for delivery drivers, who got their extra points in the forms of big tips.
"People here love their football," said Kyle Salous, 19, of Arlington, who works at Domino's Pizza in the 4500 block of Wisconsin Avenue NW.
"Absolutely. There are big, fat tips. They don't want to take their eyes off TV," said Mr. Salous, referring to those who bought pizza from the store's 25 drivers, who were on the go from about 5 to 9 p.m.
Other pizza delivery businesses made similar assessments.
"Most of the time, we get good tips because people are happy with the Super Bowl," said Dussama Baba, 27, also of Arlington, who is a driver for Pizza Hut in the 4600 block of Wisconsin Avenue NW. "We are so busy," he said, drawing out the words to emphasize just how hectic it can get.
Managers and workers at the Pizza Hut in Vienna, in the 2500 block of Chain Bridge Road, had been planning and arranging all week for Super Bowl Sunday. The planning included a review of past years, to get an idea of how many pizzas to prepare, and the likely territories where deliveries would be expected. "It's not the Redskins, so we don't expect so much demand," said Alaa Elmrabet, 21, assistant manager.
The number of pizzas delivered changes every year, but Super Bowl Sunday inevitably increases demand, Redskins or not.
On a normal Sunday, for example, about 200 pizzas are delivered from Armand's Chicago Pizzeria at 5000 Wisconsin Ave. NW in Friendship Heights. But yesterday, bakers there were preparing to make more than 300.
"Most people want to eat together," said Stefan Aquegnen, 25, of Silver Spring, estimating a delivery driver could rake in $40 in tips for deliveries during the game. "When you're late, the customer is not happy.
"It was too busy" last year, Mr. Aquegnen said, so the drivers and management discussed improvements to deliver pizzas more quickly and with the fewest interruptions.
"Today and Halloween are the two biggest sales times of the year," said Mr. Salous.
Although five lines for carryout would form at Domino's before the game, "90 percent of the sales will be delivery," he said.


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