With the NHL Western Conference Finals opening at noon on Sunday in San Jose, Mayor Chuck Reed today entered a friendly wager with Chicago Mayor Richard Daley. On the line is a selection of San Jose’s finest food and beverage products.
“San Jose is delighted to showcase out local businesses and we’re looking forward to sampling the best that Chicago has to offer,” said Mayor Reed. “Since the Sharks took the ice in the early 1990’s, they’ve been great ambassadors for the City of San Jose. The Sharks are carrying great momentum into the Finals and they’ve shown tremendous tenacity this season. We’re looking forward to seeing some great hockey in the week ahead.”
The following San Jose businesses are supporting the Sharks through the friendly wager:
- Chiaramonte’s Deli and Sausages
- Eggo waffles. (Note: the Eggo waffle was invented in San Jose in the 1930s and is manufactured in North San Jose.)
- Eulipia Restaurant
- Gordon Biersch Brewing Company
- Greenlee’s Bakery
- J. Lohr Wines
- Joseph George Wines
- La Victoria Taqueria
- San Pedro Square Market
- Schurra’s Candy
- Shuei-Do Manju Shop
- Downtown San Jose Famer’s Market vendors, including: Calolea California Virgin Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar; Mayberry Workshop Custom Apparel; R&J Toffees; Small Bees Honey; and Teagre Tea.
Mayor Reed thanks these San Jose businesses for joining the wager with Mayor Daley, many of which have built a close relationship with Sharks fans since the opening of HP Pavilion. The Sharks generate approximately $113 million in total economic impact every season, including $38 million outside of HP Pavilion in surrounding businesses. This in turn generates approximately $2.4 million in tax revenues for the City of San Jose.