Openings and Closings

Neighborhood Sports Bar & Grill Opens in Boca Raton

If you want to catch a game on TV, drink a few beers, grab a burger or a pizza or some wings, you head to your neighborhood sports bar, right? 

Or you can head to Boca to the new Neighborhood Sports Bar & Grill, which staged its grand-opening party yesterday. New owner Michael Orecchio has redone the concept, banished the old pool tables, and instituted an extensive food and drink menu that melds traditional sports bar fare with less pub-grubby offerings. 

What that means in your mouth is that loaded potato skins, nachos, Buffalo wings, pizza, and burgers co-exist with seared-rare tuna with seaweed salad, linguine with white clam sauce, grilled New York strip, and eggplant Parmesan. There's a kids' menu too, along with nightly specials that include Tuesday-night prime rib for $9.99 and Saturday-night almond-crusted mahi or grilled salmon for $11.95. 


Though you can certainly pound down a few mugs of cold Bud, there's also

a lengthy roster of specialty cocktails, from a pomegranate martini

made with Smirnoff pomegranate vodka to the "Dennis Rodman," a blend of

Jeremiah Weed Sweet Tea, vodka, iced tea, and lemonade that in large

quantities can cause the unwary to get multiple body piercings in

painful and embarrassing places and run around South Florida acting like

a total doofus. 

As for the place itself, it's some

10,000 square feet of dark wood floors, lots of big comfy booths, a

dance floor and stage, a spacious outdoor patio, signed sports memorabilia

in glass cases on the walls, and flat-screen TVs at every table and the

largest projection TV in South Florida, so when Ronnie Brown runs the

Wildcat, it will seem like he's charging right up your nasal passages. 

Gesundheit!

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Bill Citara