Pizza Hut, which operates over 16,700 restaurants in more than 100 countries, is the official pizza of the NCAA. The Plano, Texas-based quick-service chain is celebrating its sponsorship of March Madness with the second edition of its Pie Tops sneakers. The shoes, featured in colors red and “wheat,” contain buttons that can order pizza and pause live TV. Fifty pairs of the wearable technology will be available on hbx.com during the week of March 19, with additional purchasing details posted on social media.
Pizza Hut is using the buzz over this wearable technology to promote its latest deal: two medium two-topping pies priced at $5.99 each.
During the entire month of March, the Southern-style eatery with locations in Nashville and Murfreesboro, Tenn., is getting into March Madness with drink specials, like beer pints priced at $2.50, and basketball action displayed on its big-screen TVs. A portion of the restaurant’s March Madness sales will be donated to March of Dimes, a non-profit that aims to improve the health of mothers and babies.
Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken
Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken, with three units in Las Vegas and two units in New York City, is serving the Chicken Madness sandwich for the entire month of March. The basketball-season-inspired sandwich features crispy fried chicken, pepper Jack cheese, barbecue pulled chicken, bacon, barbecue sauce and pickled peppers.
Based in Wallingford, Conn., Edible Arrangements, with over 1,300 units worldwide, is offering a basketball-themed fruit arrangement — the Slam Dunk Delight— for March Madness fans.
Point & Feather
As a March Madness feast, Point & Feather in Chicago will serve up the Tournament Tower — a three-tiered feast containing fries, chicken and burger sliders, onion rings, wings, calamari, nachos and an array of sauces — from March 13 to April 2. The seasonal special, which feeds four to six people, will be priced at $50, with a bucket of beers available for an additional $15.
Tupelo Honey Southern Kitchen & Bar
From March 13-31, this 14-unit casual-dining chain based in Asheville, N.C., will treat basketball fanatics to a 20-percent discount on to-go orders. Those watching the game in restaurants will get bottomless snacks for $15 and draft beers for $3.