Sports bar open for business |

Sports bar open for business

A new sports bar with a familiar face has opened on Nevada City Highway in Grass Valley.

Tailgator is serving drinks and meals at the same location as Boondogs Sports Bar and Grill, which closed in April after being open for six months. It reopened on Monday with its new name and look.

Vic Hadley, a co-owner of Boondogs, is back as the owner of the Tailgator along with his wife, Tracey Hadley, brother Jeff Hadley and his wife, Rebecca. They have signed a 10-year lease for the building.

“This is going to be full time for us, and we are just in love with it. You can pretty much find one of us here 24/7. We’re very hands-on,” Hadley, 49, said Thursday.

Hadley previously worked as a home builder with his brother. They have remodeled the bar with the help of friends who made a number of contributions.

The new bar includes a skybox – a room with a 65-inch flat-screen television and DVD player that can be used for parties and award presentations.

The bar also has eight new flat-screen TVs with their own receivers. The remodeled kitchen serves a full menu that includes steaks, ribs, shrimp, pizzas and burgers.

The building retains some features of Boondogs, including the redwood counter on the bar, a pool table, a salad bar and free peanuts.

A number of jerseys and T-shirts adorn the walls and hang from the ceiling, including a Baltimore Orioles jersey that belonged to Gary Roenke, who lives in Grass Valley. A jersey that belongs to Roenke’s son hangs nearby. Hadley said he will display local jerseys, too.

“If someone brings their son’s or daughter’s jersey in, I will hang them up,” he said.

The restaurant has 23 employees, most of them part-time, Tracey Hadley said. Still, she expects to spend most of her time at the new family venture.

“We’ve been here more than we’ve been at home lately,” she said.

To contact Staff Writer Pat Butler, e-mail or call477-4239.

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