BILLERICA, MA – One sells chicken, the other pork. One wears black and gold, the other black and red. One cheers for a bear, the other an Indian warrior.
These differences, coupled with an intense hockey championship series, led the owners of Augusta Subs and Salads in Billerica to challenge a Chicago restaurant and food truck to a friendly bet. The loser has to wear the opposing team’s gear and sell the other food truck’s recipes.
According to these Boston Bruins’ fans, there’s no way they’ll be mocked after the series.
“The Bruins are going to take it, no question about it. So much heart on that
team,” said Bill Strazzere, co-owner of Augusta, at 599 Boston Road. “I hope I’m right because I really don’t want to wear a Blackhawks shirt and serve pork.”
“We have faith in the B’s, and it will be really fun to see them wearing Bruins shirts and selling chicken,” said Mary Bishop, Strazzere’s sister and co-owner of Augusta, which has been in town for almost 27 years.
With Augusta recently unveiling a chicken food truck, called Chicken on the Road, the owners wanted to see if any food truck in Chicago wanted to make the Stanley Cup Finals interesting. Through social media, the Augusta owners found Porkchop Chicago, a pork truck with avid Blackhawks fans.
But Porkchop wouldn’t agree to the bet initially. It took until the Blackhawks won the series’ first game for them to take the wager, Strazzere said.
“It’s a fun thing for bragging rights,” he said. “I’ve wanted to do these bets before. Sports were part of my family growing up, and it’s going to feel great to have another title in Boston.”
If the Bruins win, Porkchop Chicago’s staff would have to buy and wear Bruins’ shirts, wear Augusta’s chicken jewelry, and serve one of Augusta’s items for a day, such as their buffalo chicken mac ‘n’ cheese sub. The food truck would also have to put up a sign that reads, “We lost a bet to Chicken on the Road.”
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