Pete Rose Bar And Grill Review  - New First Class Sports Bar Open On The Las Vegas Strip

 

Enter the Pete Rose Bar & Grill across from the Aria * Photo by Dianne Davis

The recently opened Pete Rose Bar and Grill just across the street from the Aria in the Hawaiian Marketplace shows Pete’s influence in the choice of décor and food selections. Pete welcomed performers, supporters, and friends to the recent opening of a spot where he plans to hang out on a regular basis.

 

Pete welcomed Thunder From Down Under Performers * PHOTO CREDIT: Jeff Ragazzo

 

In addition to Pete's family and close friends, the opening celebration included cast members from Thunder From Down Under, X Burlesque, Jersey Boys, Chippendales, Rock of Ages, and X Comedy. Also attending were Billy Hinsche (Dino, Desi & Billy), Lisa Marie Smith from Pin Up and Paul Johnson from Rock of Ages.

Guests received a gift bag including a signed Pete Rose restaurant card and a bottle of either Pete Rosé or Charles Hustle Red, two signature vine varietals that benefit Rose's Hustle for Heroes Foundation. Hustle for Heroes is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to decreasing suicide rates in military veterans through education, training, and counseling.

 

Photo by Dianne R. Davis

 

PHOTO CREDIT: Jeff Ragazzo

The 6,700 square foot bar and dining area has all he features of a first class sports bar.  It contains more than 32 high-definition televisions offering 24//7 sports with the DIRECTVSPORTS PAK

 

Photo by Dianne Davis

Photo by Burt Davis

  

But this sports bar has a special vibe.  It is filled with art installations and and historic pieces from Pete’s iconic baseball career and memorable moments. It's worth a trip just to see the memorabilia

 

It has been 30 years since Andy Warhol immortalized Pete Rose in his own style. PHOTO CREDIT: Jeff Ragazzo

 

 

I grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio and looking over the memorabilia was a trip down my memory lane. Newspaper and magazine articles describing highlights in his career such as Pete setting the all time hit record lined the trophy cases.  Articles from Time and Sports Illustrated magazines discussing his career involving baseball were also on display. 

 

Two Cincinnati Boys Pete Rose and Burt Davis Photo by Dianne R. Davis

Pete told me he plans to be in the restaurant several times a week so customers will have the opportunity to visit with him.  There are only a handful of sports bars that are owned by sports heroes who drop by to mix with fans on a continual basis.

 

Pete Rose and HIG Management Corporate Executive Chef Brian Littlejohn PHOTO CREDIT: Jeff Ragazzo

 

Now to the food. The menu which was developed with HIG Management Corporate Executive Chef Brian Littlejohn is truly unique.  It highlights responsibly-sourced ingredients with quality American dishes. It features food from the three baseball  cities - Cincinnati, Philadelphia, and Montreal - where Pete was a baseball fan favorite as he took to the field for the Cincinnati Reds (1963-1978), The Philadelphia Phillies (1979-1983) and the Montreal Expos (1984).

Cincinnati Chili can be ordered with options for a three way or a four way * Photo by Dianne R. Davis

 

As a Cincinnati native,  I appreciated the restaurant's take on a variety of Cincinnati  chili preparations.  I enjoyed a four way during my visit to the Bar and Grill. For the uninitiated, you can order a three way which includes chili with spaghetti and cheese or take it a step further and make it a four way by adding onions. I closed my eyes and pictured myself back in the “Queen City” at the Empress, Skyline, or Goldstar chili parlors. I found the flavor to be close to a mix of all three, but a bit more peppery. Still, for me it was a nostalgic dish.

 

The Pete Rose Special includes a Full Rack of Baby Back Ribs * Photo by Dianne R. Davis

 

I sampled the Pete Rose Special baby back ribs which come with chili and cheese and smothered potato topped with steak. Love the ribs. The sauce was flavorful and the meat fell off the bones just the way I like it. It reminded me of the Montgomery Inn in Cincinnati.

 

Expos Poutine * Photo by Dianne R. Davis

Pete's playing days in Philadelphia are saluted with a classic Philly Cheese Steak with bell peppers, onions, cheese whiz. Pete's days in Montreal Canada are recognized with the Expos Poutine consisting of Fries, brown gravy, and cheese curds. Certainly not a gourmet item but the Canadians might drop in to enjoy something from their home area.

 

Also on the menu is the intriguing Cass Burger which is fried egg, kimchee and srirach and more familiar ash burger with blue cheese and bacon. I'm hoping to stop back to check out some of the appetizers including Calamari, Cheesy Poofs, Fried Artichoke Hearts, and Deep Fried Jalapeno Rings.

 

Salt & Pepper Wings * Photo by Dianne Davis

Buffalo Wings * Photo by Dianne Davis

 

A wide variety of salads, hamburgers, sandwiches, and entrees are also on the extensive menu.  It even has four varieties of chicken wings   The bar can easily seat 35 guests  It features an extensive drink menu featuring 32 draft beers.

 

Barbecued Pulled Pork Flatbread * Photo by Dianne R. Davis

Cheese Flatbread * Photo by Dianne R. Davis

 

Patrons can eat and drink al fresco on the outdoor patio which faces the Las Vegas Strip. Of course in addition to a large bar and good food, there are television screens galore – 32 high-definition televisions to take over your attention during sports events.

The 9,000 square foot establishment includes a 6,700 square foot area featuring a bar seating 35 guests and a dining room with room for 250 along with the 2,000 square foot patio seating 100 guests.

 

Dianne Davis had a lively interview with Pete Rose * Photo by Burt Davis

 

During an interview with my wife, journalist Dianne Davis, Pete talked about Hustle For Heroes and his quest to help our veterans. “Hustle for heroes came about several months ago. I read that somewhere everyday in this country 22 veterans commit suicide and that is unacceptable to me. Hustle for heroes will help guys that were back 20 years ago or ten years ago. They are the reason we are able to do this interview, open this restaurant.”

 

The outside patio is a great spot for people watching * Photo by Stephen Thorburn

 

I think Pete Rose will score a home run with this place. The Pete Rose Bar and Grill is located at 3743 South Las Vegas Boulevard across from the Aria. It can be reached at 702 848 2404. Find out more at Pete Rose Bar & Grill.

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