For fans of UFC fighting, NFL football, Indiana basketball and lots of spicy wings, the Bloomington Show-Me’s has plenty going on over the upcoming week.
With 56 televisions inside and six more on the patio during warmer months, the 9,000-square foot Show-Me’s is hard to beat for those who want to get together with other sports fans and have a wide variety of games and events available to watch.
One of the biggest during the upcoming week will be the UFC 123, starting at 10 p.m. Saturday. The mixed martial arts events draw a strong crowd at Show-Me’s and the UFC 123 is considered to have an especially good card, topped by the Quinton Jackson-Lyoto Machida main event.
On any Bloomington sports-watching calendar, you have to include IU basketball. Show-Me’s will have IU’s three games in the upcoming week: 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 21 vs. Evansville; 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 23 vs. North Carolina Central; and 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 26 vs. Northwestern State.
Hoosier fans can also watch IU football vs. Penn State at noon this Sat. Nov. 20 (along with all of the other college football and basketball games) and vs. Purdue at noon on Sat. Nov. 27.
Sundays during football season are always a big day at Show-Me’s with NFL games throughout the day and evening.
For meals and munchies during the game, Show-Me’s menu features wings, ribs, seafood, salads, sandwiches and appetizers.
Next Wednesday at 9 p.m., the Bloomington Show-Me’s will have a wing-eating contest, a follow-up to a contest this week won by Steve “The Hunger” who devoured 31 wings in five minutes. Those who just want to watch the contest can get all-you-can eat wings for $10.99.
The Show-Me’s Girls are another foundation of the Show-Me’s concept. The company describes the Show-Me Girl as “an attractive, model-like server who is in good shape, fun-loving, and good at her job.”
General Manager Neal “Mo” Molengraft opened the Bloomington Show-Me’s at 2100 S. Liberty Drive, Suite A on June 1, 2010. A former Nick’s English Hut employee, Molengraft wanted to open his own establishment and learned about Show-Me’s from a friend of his wife who owns a Show-Me’s in Evansville, Ind.
Founded in St. Louis 20 years ago, Show-Me’s has 15 locations in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky. The inspiration for its name came from Missouri’s state nickname, “The Show Me State,” which is printed on all Missouri license plates.
Molengraft said one of Show-Me’s most notable characteristics is a family-friendly environment.
“We’re not right next to campus with all of the students here,” Molengraft said. “We have kids in here all the time.”
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