Glad ESPN got to the bottom of this rumor that’s been swirling for a while.
From ESPN.com (full story):
To say the buildup heading into Saturday’s tilt between Ole Miss and No. 14 Texas is enormous is a vast understatement.
The quaint southern town of Oxford, Miss., has been buzzing about Saturday’s game for more than a year, and with the weekend approaching, residents are expecting a burnt orange invasion.
There’s celebrity gossip, like Texas alum and actor Matthew McConaughey renting out the famed City Grocery and Taylor Grocery for the weekend. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has been rumored to show up, and so has Kevin Durant. Maybe Bevo will even hit up the Square.
One of the rumors that can be scrapped is McConaughey buying out City Grocery. Oxford chef/restaurateur John Currence said his beloved restaurant hasn’t been rented out — not even for the $250,000 that he supposedly turned down.
Currence actually helped start the rumor by playing along when a pesky eavesdropper misinterpreted a conversation Currence and one of his general managers had about a Texas fan supposedly being interested in paying more than double City Grocery’s opportunity cost for a night (more than $100,000).
For the last eight months, Currence kept quiet as rumors swirled around southern sports talk radio and Internet message boards about City Grocery being home to Texas fans this weekend.
The offer never came, but Currence said he wouldn’t hesitate at the opportunity to collect a six-figure check.
“If they show up with $100,000 and want to buy the restaurant out, you better … believe I’m going to do it,” Currence said.
“They come, and they pay to play.”
Currence, however, will host 500 Texas alums with a food spread near Ole Miss’ baseball stadium that will earn him between $15,000 and $20,000.