PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The NCAA Tournament is an economic slam dunk for Philadelphia as the city bounces back from the pandemic. The Wells Fargo Center was the big stage Friday night.

Restaurants and bars in the city are benefiting from the crowds and they say they were ready for the rush.

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Fans are fired up in Philadelphia for March Madness. The energy and spirit are contagious in the city.

“Definitely geared up for this weekend because we knew thousands of people were coming to Philadelphia,” McGillin’s owner Christopher Mullins said.

Mullins owns Philadelphia’s oldest bar, McGillin’s Olde Ale House. He says this is one of the best weekends they had since 2019.

He even hung the Saint Peter’s Peacock flag next to his beloved Villanova.

“We loved that they had the Peacock flag here, it’s amazing,” a…

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