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Re:Sport Star Restauranteurs 2013/09/17 17:44:23 (permalink)
When a place earns a good reputation, I'll go.
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Re:Sport Star Restauranteurs 2013/09/17 20:15:48 (permalink)
mjambro

Guess it's me, but I've avoided any restaurant that is connected with a sports hero.  I mean what do any of them have to do with preparing a good meal, other than recognition of their financial backing?  Then again, I've never been much of a groupee.  There are way too many great places to try without resorting to some marketing gimmick.

mjambro,
 
I don't necessarily avoid the sports restaurants, but I don't recall going to any restaurants owned by sports stars. Rocky Rococo is an old favorite, but I never knew the Packers connection until reading Distant Replay.
 
I ate at a previous incarnation of 8-Twelve, but hadn't gone to the Braun-Rodgers restaurant despite the good reviews and great word of mouth endorsements.
 
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Re:Sport Star Restauranteurs 2013/09/17 21:14:41 (permalink)
How did I forget this place?

 
I find it hard to believe that Brent Farve's Steakhouse is still operating in Green Bay. Especially after he wore that pathetic purple blouse for two seasons. The restaurant is located just 2 blocks away from the hallowed frozen tundra of Lambeau Field which certainly helps. There used to be one located in Milwaukee, but I think that location closed while he was still a Packer.
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Re:Sport Star Restauranteurs 2013/09/18 08:13:29 (permalink)
Had Farve just retired in 2007 my memories of him would be untainted.  But alas, I've thrown him from the pedestal he once occupied.  Then I burned the pedestal.
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Re:Sport Star Restauranteurs 2013/09/18 09:59:46 (permalink)
Jrpfeff-the original Rocky was in Madison in the mid 70s. Think George Webbs at 2 am....lol!
 
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Re:Sport Star Restauranteurs 2013/09/18 13:09:32 (permalink)
I remember both Mickey Mantle's on CPS (W. 59th.) and Jack Dempsey's down by MSG/Penn Station.
 
When he was playing for the Wizards, MJ had his own steakhouse in WDC.  Both he and his restaurant didn't do too well in DC.
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Re:Sport Star Restauranteurs 2013/09/18 13:26:55 (permalink)
I'm old enough to have had a drink at Bachelors III in NYC, owned by Joe Namath, Derek Sanderson, and Jim Colclough of the NE Patriots. I really don't remember too much about it except that my friend and I were the only two guys in the place that didn't look like either a football player or a lunkhead trying to look like a football player.
 
Mickey Mantle's was passable, but you mainly went because it was, well, Mickey Mantles.
 
A Couple of years ago I went to a business lunch at Michael Jordan's Steakhouse in Grand Central Station. Lovely space, decent food, luckily I wasn't paying.  What was odd that other than the name, there was nothing Michael Jordan-ish about it. No memorabilia, pix, basketballs...nothing.
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Re:Sport Star Restauranteurs 2013/09/18 16:14:40 (permalink)
How could I forget Lefty O'Doul's in San Francisco?!?!
 
http://www.leftysf.com/
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Re:Sport Star Restauranteurs 2013/09/18 16:22:59 (permalink)
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How could I forget Lefty O'Doul's in San Francisco?!?!

http://www.leftysf.com/

Wow! I didn't know Lefty O'Doul's was still around. The last time I ate there was, well, a long time ago. Do they still have corned beef and cabbage?
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Re:Sport Star Restauranteurs 2013/09/18 16:50:36 (permalink)
Fran O'Brien, a lineman for the Browns, Skins, & Steelers had several places around the DC Metro area.  He had O'Brien's Steakhouse in the Capital Hilton and O'Brien's Seafood in both Annapolis, MD and Rehoboth Beach, DE.
 
A meal at his Rehoboth Beach place was always the dining highlight of our many family vacations there in the '70's & '80's.
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Re:Sport Star Restauranteurs 2013/09/18 17:00:10 (permalink)
And let's not forget Johnny Unitas' Golden Arm Restaurant.
 

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Re:Sport Star Restauranteurs 2013/09/18 17:21:25 (permalink)
MH - Yes.
 
MJ - I remember O'Brien's!  Very popular--a special occasion place.
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Re:Sport Star Restauranteurs 2013/09/18 17:36:49 (permalink)
Bobby Layne, "who never lost a football game, but just ran out of time", never owned a restaurant, but he probably paid for a few lounges.  Here is a site that will entertain all who remember him:  http://www.curseofbobbylayne.com/blbio.html .
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Re:Sport Star Restauranteurs 2013/09/18 17:45:53 (permalink)
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Bobby Layne, "who never lost a football game, but just ran out of time", never owned a restaurant, but he probably paid for a few lounges.  Here is a site that will entertain all who remember him:  http://www.curseofbobbylayne.com/blbio.html .


Thank you.
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Re:Sport Star Restauranteurs 2013/09/18 21:38:08 (permalink)
fred and steves steakhouse in lincoln, rhode island at twin river casino owned by ex football players fred smerlas and steve deossie.was pretty good i had the prime rib and mrs had lobster bisque and clams casino.
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Re:Sport Star Restauranteurs 2013/09/19 09:36:57 (permalink)
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Bobby Layne, "who never lost a football game, but just ran out of time", never owned a restaurant, but he probably paid for a few lounges.  Here is a site that will entertain all who remember him:  http://www.curseofbobbylayne.com/blbio.html .


Thank you.


After Layne's 50 year "curse" proved true, the Lions drafted Matt Stafford who, like the great and fabled Bobby Layne, graduated from Dallas' Highland Park HS!
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Re:Sport Star Restauranteurs 2013/09/19 11:28:06 (permalink)
The curse of Brett Favre only lasted until he signed with the Vikings.
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Re:Sport Star Restauranteurs 2013/09/19 12:55:30 (permalink)
The most famous celebrity restaurant in Pittsburgh was a chicken place in the Hill District owned by Pirate slugger Wille Stargell.  If he hit a home run, everyone in the place would get free chicken.  Iconic announcer Bob Prince would plead for Stargell to hit a home run with the phrase "Chicken on the Hill with Will."
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Re:Sport Star Restauranteurs 2013/09/19 20:06:35 (permalink)
Bill Mazeroski never owned a pierogi joint?
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Re:Sport Star Restauranteurs 2013/09/20 00:11:01 (permalink)
Jim Kelly from the Bills had "Sports City Grill" which was located in downtown Buffalo in the Main Place Mall not far from the old AM&A department store and I think WKBW-TV as I can remember seeing that there were a few "WKBW Eyewitness News" vans within sight of the entrance to the mall.
 
My husband and I ate there in the fall of 1994. It wasn't a bad place ( food was good ) but they unfortunately allowed cigar smoking. My husband was turned off by that.  Apparently the place didn't last for very long as the Sport City Grill had went defunct less than two years after after our visit since they would close in 1996.
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Re:Sport Star Restauranteurs 2013/09/20 08:55:51 (permalink)
Former Trailblazers Kermit washington and Kevin Duckworth owned a placed in nearby Vancouver , Washington for a while.Ate there once, was not bad. But the place did not last long.
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Re:Sport Star Restauranteurs 2013/09/20 09:07:04 (permalink)
Alex Kogler, who played semi-Pro Hockey for the Cape Cod Cubs...and others... bought Butler's Donuts in the late 70's and made some amazing donuts for a lot of years. I really miss Butler's. He is at the top of my sports/food list. Second place is a long way down.

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Re:Sport Star Restauranteurs 2013/09/20 10:15:05 (permalink)
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Bill Mazeroski never owned a pierogi joint?

"Pierogies on Polish Hill with Bill" would have been a natural!
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Re:Sport Star Restauranteurs 2013/09/20 10:19:42 (permalink)
Does this count?  He was certainly "related" to sport. 
 
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Re:Sport Star Restauranteurs 2013/09/20 10:24:13 (permalink)
Of course it does. Harry's place has been reviewed on Roadfood and the Sterns wrote a book about the recipes at harry carry's.
 
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Re:Sport Star Restauranteurs 2013/09/20 11:30:58 (permalink)
Why do we miss the most successful of them all?

Miles Gilbert Horton!

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Re:Sport Star Restauranteurs 2013/09/20 11:44:34 (permalink)
Not to change the subject, but how many of you were actually able to meet the sports personalities at the restaurant/bar/club they owned?  I met Johnny U several times at the Golden Arm, Joe Theisman once at one of his and, of course, Boog Powell has personally handed me numerous BBQ sandwiches from his pit at Camden Yards.  Anyone else?
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Re:Sport Star Restauranteurs 2013/09/20 12:25:35 (permalink)
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Why do we miss the most successful of them all?

Miles Gilbert Horton!

 
My 2nd favorite hockey playing doughnut maker!
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Re:Sport Star Restauranteurs 2013/09/20 13:46:03 (permalink)
Jack Dempsey at Jack Dempsey's and Stan Musial at Musials.
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Re:Sport Star Restauranteurs 2013/09/20 14:14:23 (permalink)
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Former Trailblazers Kermit washington and Kevin Duckworth owned a placed in nearby Vancouver , Washington for a while.Ate there once, was not bad. But the place did not last long.
Perhaps the fear of getting sucker-punched in the face kept people away.

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