A healthy mix of orange-and-blue-clad Denver Broncos fans fill up Fred’s Mexican Café — the portion of the establishment that faces the street corner — while a crowd of red-and-gold-laden patrons cheer on the San Francisco 49ers in the spacious Typhoon Saloon, located in the back and western portion of the same building.
“There are so many people that are not from San Diego that live here,” said Ryan Dickert, general manager of Fred’s and Typhoon Saloon. “We definitely support our teams. If you’re a fan of either team, this is your home.”
What used to be a small 49ers contingent a few years ago has grown into a dedicated gathering of committed fans who line up outside Typhoon’s doors before game time every Sunday, Dickert said.
“We started with the 49ers midway through the season back in 2008,” he said. “We had a small 49er crew of locals and a few employees that still kept coming in even though their team wasn’t doing so well. We started putting the sound on for their games and it just evolved into the beast that it is now.”
Likewise, Fred’s is constantly packed with loyal Broncos followers on game day, a tradition that started just last season during the quarterback Tim Tebow craze and continues now with the acquisition of seasoned pro quarterback Peyton Manning. Despite the contemporary fan base, Fred’s’ affiliation with the Broncos dates back many years.
“One of our employees that worked here with us for a summer, Byron Chamberlain, actually played for the Broncos and has two Super Bowl rings as part of that team,” said Dickert. “He helped get it started. We put out a couple posts and found several [Broncos] groups as well, and it started from there.”
With both the Niners and the Broncos in the picture for playoffs this season, Fred’s and Typhoon Saloon are packed to the brim every Sunday with fans enjoying the game alongside an ice cold brew or the restaurant-bars’ game day “tailgate special,” which includes a choice of barbequed meat and traditional tailgate sides like potato salad, macaroni and cheese or baked beans.
And with nearly 40 TVs at Typhoon and 20 more at Fred’s, those who want to simultaneously keep up with all the games at once have found their hotspot for game day.
“We have a multitude of TVs on both sides, so we’re showing all the games in addition to the teams we support, so you can definitely follow your fantasy football teams,” said Dickert. “We’re about the next best thing to being at the stadium. We’ve just got great food, a great staff and with Typhoon being as big as it is, you’ll never have a problem finding a seat.”
Coming up on Feb. 3, Typhoon will also play host to a Super Bowl XLVII bash in partnership with Vavi, a local sports club and social team. Details about the event will be available at www.typhoonsaloon.com. Fred’s Mexican Café and Typhoon Saloon are located at 1165 Garnet Ave. For more information, visit www.typhoonsaloon.com. or www.fredsmexicancafe.com.