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83-Steelers-43
07-11-2006, 10:35 AM
Bettis' Grille 36 in the works
Tuesday, July 11, 2006

By Teresa F. Lindeman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A Florida restaurant group is negotiating for space on the North Shore that it hopes to turn into the Jerome Bettis' Grille 36, a sports-themed restaurant associated with one of Pittsburgh's favorite former Steelers.

Fort Lauderdale-based Celebrity Ventures already operates two similar restaurants, one in Florida associated with former Marlins baseball player Jeff Conine, and one in Columbus, Ohio, with Eddie George, former running back at Ohio State and with the Tennessee Titans.

Mr. George, a friend of Mr. Bettis, put the two parties together, said Bob McCarthy, one of three partners in the restaurant group.

The goal is to get the Pittsburgh restaurant open within a year, but that will depend on signing a lease for a location. He said the group believed that it was close to a deal for space on the first floor of the Del Monte regional headquarters building, not far from Heinz Field.

"I think we can get it done," said Frank Kass, chairman of Continental Real Estate Cos. of Columbus, who added that discussions were ongoing. He said the restaurant would look out of the curved windows facing toward the stadium.

The group is looking for between 7,500 and 10,000 square feet, said Mr. McCarthy. Each new site has kept about 80 percent of the menu consistent across restaurants with the rest adapted to local specialities and favorite dishes of the associated sports celebrity. Cheesy fries, something that Mr. George likes, are not sold in the Florida site, for example. Dinner checks tend to average between $20 and $22.

If the Jerome Bettis restaurant is successful, there could be more than one location. Celebrity Ventures is looking for additional Columbus-area sites for Eddie George restaurants. Mr. McCarthy said the company also was in talks to do restaurants in Cincinnati and Indianapolis.

The group's first attempt at an Eddie George site was in Nashville, Tenn., but that restaurant has since closed.

Meanwhile, several restaurants are planned for the North Shore development between the two sports facilities, including a Hyde Park Steakhouse, McFadden's Restaurant and Saloon, and Calico Jacks Cantina.

nicesteel4life
07-11-2006, 10:41 AM
THAT WOULD BE KICK-ASS.....I would be a Patron without a doubt
Give me a Bettis Burger with a side of Bus Fries!!!!

clevestinks
07-11-2006, 10:45 AM
I want a seat there.

BlackNGold203
07-11-2006, 11:03 AM
Man...that sounds great!!!!

I'm there...

83-Steelers-43
07-11-2006, 11:06 AM
Man...that sounds great!!!!

I'm there...

Oh yeah.

Lyn
07-11-2006, 11:09 AM
If it ever opens, I hope it stays open so many have gone bankrupt. Rod Woodson had a great bar! GONE! Philthy McNasty's was a great place....GONE

I gotta get to Hines Ward's bar on Carson St.

83-Steelers-43
07-11-2006, 11:22 AM
I think the Bettis joint will do well depending on location. If it's near Heinz Field, I think it will be a keeper. For the most part, there are not that many places near Heinz to eat. If it's done right, it will do well in my opinion.

X-Terminator
07-11-2006, 11:50 AM
I'd definitely go there if it opens! You could put it anywhere on the North Shore and it would do well, IMO, but the Del Monte building would be ideal for both Steelers and Pirates fans alike.

CowherLover
07-11-2006, 11:50 AM
Eddie's place here in Columbus appears to be doing VERY well. I've tried to get in there a couple of times and the waiting line has been out the door. There are plasma tv's all around the top of the bar as well as everywhere else. It looks relatively small but I doubt if Jerome's place would be small like this one. Eddie's place is in the University District that has undergone a serious facelift and there isn't much room to build but they've done an incredible job. I got to go to Philthy's before it closed, man that place was kick-a$$!

83-Steelers-43
07-11-2006, 09:01 PM
Eddie's place here in Columbus appears to be doing VERY well. I've tried to get in there a couple of times and the waiting line has been out the door. There are plasma tv's all around the top of the bar as well as everywhere else. It looks relatively small but I doubt if Jerome's place would be small like this one. Eddie's place is in the University District that has undergone a serious facelift and there isn't much room to build but they've done an incredible job. I got to go to Philthy's before it closed, man that place was kick-a$$!

Well, if his George's place in Columbus is doing well, image what JB's will do in Pittsburgh near Heinz Field.

WWIIOwheelz
07-11-2006, 09:49 PM
I like to tell ppl about Jerome doing his pre-season SI interview, a few years back, at Peppi's, in the Strip District.

Based on that fact alone, I'm sure he'd have great local food there. I know I'd go. He's a part of this city, now, and he knows it.

SteelerzGirl
07-11-2006, 10:26 PM
I want a seat there.

Me, too! With my name on it! SteelerzGirl! :smile:

I'm sure Bettis' Grille 36 will be a huge success. Best of luck to Jerome.

83-Steelers-43
07-11-2006, 10:39 PM
Me, too! With my name on it! SteelerzGirl! :smile:

I'm sure JB can work it out. I say he builds a section for SF members only. :bouncy:

melroseplace
07-12-2006, 07:23 PM
that would be awesome...I'm sure if it's on the North Shore it'll do well.

has anyone been to Hines' place on the South Side? my friend and I were wandering around on Carson St on Sunday (haha we were bored) and we found it. is it only a bar or a restaurant as well? I'd love to check it out but I've got a year ahead of me til I'm 21

3 to be 4
07-12-2006, 07:28 PM
it can be the place with the GIANT yellow seats

SteelerzGirl
07-12-2006, 09:03 PM
I'm sure JB can work it out. I say he builds a section for SF members only. :bouncy:

It would be pretty cool to have a reserved section for SF members to gather before/during/after a Steelers game. :bouncy: