As the Spurs play the Heat on the court, restaurant brands and opera companies are competing off it.
As the Miami Heat continue their championship contest with the San Antonio Spurs, more wagers are emerging between the two cities – involving food and opera.
One involves Miami-based Pollo Tropical and its sister restaurant brand from San Antonio, Taco Cabana.
If the Heat win the NBA Finals, Taco Cabana’s executive team will come to Miami and bus tables for a day at a Pollo Tropical while wearing Heat jerseys, owner Fiesta Restaurant Group Inc. announced.
But if the Spurs prevail, Pollo Tropical’s executive team will go bus tables for a day at a Taco Cabana in San Antonio, donning Spurs jerseys for the occasion.
"At both Taco Cabana and Pollo Tropical we have some of the biggest NBA fans out there. The executive teams at both concepts wanted to show some support for their hometown teams while having a little fun," said Tim Taft, the CEO of Fiesta Restaurant Group Inc., in a statement. “The real fun at Fiesta is knowing our labor expense will be assisted in either of the two companies.”
The mayors of Miami-Dade County and San Antonio and the archbishops of Miami and San Antonio already have food wagers going over the Finals.
In the world of music, a recital is on the line in a wager between Miami’s Florida Grand Opera and the Opera Piccola of San Antonio.
Whichever company loses the bet will send an emerging artist to the other city to perform a recital that will be free and open to the public, the two opera companies announced. In addition, the opera leader whose team comes up short will send the winner a care package with foods and tokens reflecting their city’s food and culture.
“I’m looking forward to this,” said Susan Danis, Florida Grand Opera’s CEO and general director, in a statement. “I’ve always wanted to try genuine Tex-Mex.”
The hashtag #NBAoperaFinals is being used for the wager.
"Texans are always up for a good bet,” said Mark A. Richter, the general and artistic director of Opera Piccola of San Antonio.
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