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T.J. Honeyman, the owner of Next Door Pizza in Bowman, said the free Bison breakfast promotion Saturday morning was a big success both in Bowman and with the Bison fans.

When the North Dakota State University Bison won their eighth national football championship on nine years Saturday in Texas, Next Door Pizza in Bowman also picked up a big win.

According to the owner T.J. Honeyman, a free breakfast promotion filled up the Next Door Pizza location in Bowman for the championship game helped bring in 75 people for the food and a chance to watch the game on multiple televisions in the restaurant.

It was so successful, the owner said he would plan to repeat it again in 2021, if the Bison earn another berth in the championship game – with only one difference. He said he plans on being at that game.

“I was in Frisco last year,” he said.

On Saturday, the pizza restaurant opened early.

“The (NDSU) game was at 11 in the morning and we don't open until 3:30 p.m. It was a whole production to put it on (open early), but it could be an annual thing,” he added. “I think there will be at least 12 out of 13 (Bison national titles). Their quarterback (redshirt freshman and game MVP Trey Lance) is that good.”

Next Door Pizza also had the football frenzy continue Saturday with the breakfast followed by Chili and wings and the Bison followed by the Minnesota Vikings' playoff game.

But the Bison and the breakfast was big, the owner added, noting that they also had a discount promotion for people who wore football-themed clothing like jerseys.

“It was also a fundraiser for the “Giving Hearts Day,” he said. “I will donate all the money to that.”

But the biggest response Saturday was for the Bison's game in Frisco. “Every seat was taken.”

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