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Stadium Sports Bar is now Playmakers Bar and Grill after recent ownership change

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  May 16, 2013 04:10 PM

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The owners of the Stadium Sports Bar and Grill chain have sold their Waltham location on Moody Street to a Boston-based real estate businessman. The new owner is planning to keep everything about the location basically the same except for the name and beer list, according to a Waltham branch manager.

The new owner, Bill Hearn, shut the restaurant down last Wednesday and re-opened Thursday as Playmakers Bar and Grill.

However, everything inside - including the menu, prices, staff, and special events - will remain the same, except the name change and eventually a more free-spirited beer list, said Garret Sievert, a manager at the Waltham restaurant.

"Because we’re doing so well, they don’t want to mess with our success right off the bat," Sievert said.

Hearn also owns The Blackstone Grill on Union Street in Boston, Sievert said.

Sievert said he could not comment on why the Waltham location was sold, but noted that his branch had been popular leading up to the sale.

"I think they [Stadium owners] were looking to get money to expand their brand, and Waltham was doing very well, so they said while it's hot, they should sell us for a price," he said.

Stadium Sports Bar and Grill expanded into a new Boston location this March where McFadden's used to sit near Faneuil Hall, adding another branch to their local chain, which is also established in South Boston and Quincy.

Stadium opened the Waltham location in early 2012, replacing Robert's Restaurant and Bar at 342 Moody St. after it closed.

For more information on Playmakers Bar and Grill, visit their newly-established Facebook page.

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