Moody Street is officially the newest location for the Stadium Sports Bar and Grill.
The premium sports-viewing venue is taking over the site of the former at 342 Moody St. This makes the third location for Stadium, with sites in Boston and Quincy.
Stadium is almost finished obtaining the necessary permissions to open. Lauren Gonzalez, the Operations Manager for Stadium, said the next step is approval from the Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission. Gonzalez said the opening of the new location is dependent upon approval from ABCC, but ideally, she would like to see the doors open to kick off the 2011 NFL season.
On Tuesday, April 26, the city government approved the transfer of both the liquor and entertainment licenses.
The latest Stadium location plans to feature a full bar and menu, which serves up game favorites such as chicken wings, nachos, burgers and steak and cheese. It also has dinner-fare like Boston baked haddock, chicken marsala and steak tips.
Gonzalez said the city government and its residents have been welcoming of the new location, which will be open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 1 a.m., and will feature live entertainment Thursday through Saturday nights, including an acoustic happy hour on Fridays. Gonzalez said they have plans for a trivia night and open mic as well.
“Waltham, and especially Moody Street, is a great fit for our concept,” Gonzalez said. “We pride ourselves on being a great neighborhood sports bar and grill and the area had what we were looking for in our third location. It is a vibrant downtown area with great shops and restaurants, close to public transportation and the similar demographics to our other two locations.”
Gonzalez said there are plans for a full renovation of the space before the opening, including new flooring, furniture, paint, lighting, kitchen and bar equipment and more than 20 high definition televisions for games.
Ward 9 City Councillor , whose district includes Stadium’s location, said he supports the change from Robert’s.
“Robert’s Restaurant has been a festering sore on Moody Street for many years,” he said. “Almost anything would be an improvement. Moreover, from what I’ve heard, the Stadium has a good reputation and will be a big draw for Moody Street."
Robert’s was unavailable for comment, but Yelp reviews of the restaurant indicated business has been declining since 2010. No word on whether Robert’s will reopen in a new location.