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Millions of people around the world are expected to watch Sunday’s Super Bowl between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers.

Restaurateurs and sports bar owners in Prince George’s said theyhope some of them catch the action at their establishments.

More than 179 million people in the United States are expected to watch the New Orleans game, according to the Retail Advertising and Marketing Association, part of the National Retail Federation in Washington, D.C. Total Super Bowl-related consumer spending is expected to reach nearly $12.3 billion.

Some county businesses are hoping for an extra boost this year, with a local team playing for the championship. They’re also offering special food and drink deals, while others are relying on atmosphere to draw fans.

Carolina Kitchen, a Southern-style restaurant in Hyattsville, plans a Super Bowl party with barbecued wings and domestic beer specials and giveaways, said Dawn Moss, executive managing partner for the 325-seat, 14-television restaurant.

“We’re big Ravens fans, and we have a great football fan club,” Moss said. “Players (from the Ravens and the Washington Redskins) come here to eat all the time.”

Owner Lance London is friends with Ravens star Ray Lewis, she said. The restaurant has even come up with a drink to honor the linebacker, who said he plans to retire after the game.

“We expect it to be even bigger than usual since it’s a local event. Even if you’re fans of other teams, everyone wants to be affiliated with winners. We expect to see an overflow of crowd,” Moss said. “This is the place to go.”

Carolina Kitchen also plans to cater events during the game, she said. The restaurant has provided catering services to some area NFL players.

R.J. Bentley’s Restaurant in College Park plans to draw the student crowd with a small buffet about 6 p.m. Sunday, just before kickoff, general manager Patrick Ahearn said. He said the nearby University of Maryland campus has a big Ravens following, although it’s hard to know for sure where students will go.

Bentley’s features 15 televisions and a capacity of 299 diners, he said.

“We expect a fair amount of people,” Ahearn said. “We usually do a lot around college football, and Super Bowl is average, but this should be more than usual.”

Nearby, the Barking Dog will offer $2 National Bohemian “Natty Boh” beers, the traditional Baltimore beer, Sunday and $9.99 all-you-can-eat wing specials, said general manager David Bowen. The Barking Dog seats 220 on its lower level — Bowen doesn’t expect to open the deck level — and has 13 TVs. This past year was its first Super Bowl.

“Last year was not as good as expected, but we have higher hopes with the Ravens playing,” he said.

Jasper’s Restaurant in Largo will also be having drink specials and is expecting about 300 people, said co-owner Fred Rosenthal.

“It’s usually fairly busy since we have giant TVs,” Rosenthal said. “People usually get here two hours before a game and hang around through the end.”

Still, he does not expect things to get “insanely busy,” as Jasper’s is more of a restaurant than a sports bar.

Franklin’s Restaurant, Brewery and General Store in Hyattsville is anticipating a more intimate crowd. The store is not planning on any decorations or specials and instead attracts fans with beer brewed locally by the owners.

“We’re more a Mom-and-Pop location,” said Anne Flaherty, one of the owners. “But we get a pretty decent crowd on Sundays.”

Franklin’s, which added the restaurant to the general store in 2002, has three TVs and seats about 55.

lrobbins@gazette.net