It’s a midwinter opening day today for Bobby Valentine, the longtime baseball manager whose 300-seat restaurant at the Bradley Teletheater is ready for the public.
Bobby V’s Restaurant & Sports Bar, on Schoephoester Road near the airport, is now open for lunch and dinner as the latest venture for the Stamford native, just in time for Sunday’s Super Bowl. It’s first-come, first-served for the big game and the restaurant’s 17-foot LED wall and 70 other TV’s should be a draw.
Valentine, who has a restaurant under a separate name in his hometown, teamed up in the Windsor Locks business with Sportech Venues Inc., owner and operator of the teletheater, which goes under the name Winners.
Sportech, part of a British gaming technology firm with its U.S. headquarters in New Haven, owns all 15 of the off-track betting locations in Connecticut and just put $4 million into this one. The restaurant has a separate entrance and it’s 18 and older only. Winners is also open to people 18 and over.
As for Bobby V himself, in recent weeks he was spotted with old pal Tommy Lasorda, the former Dodgers manager, among the invited guests sampling the fare. No word on whether Valentine will be on hand today; he’s still athletic director at Sacred Heart University.
Star power in North Central Connecticut? “Hopefully we’ll get to see many more celebrities come through,” Sportech spokesman Paul Dionne said.
The exact date of the public opening has been unclear since the venture was announced last month. Restaurant manager Michael Allegra has worked with Valentine before. And the affable head chef, Jordan Stein, is well known in the Hartford area for the Pond House and Husk — New American Tacos in Canton.
Note: An earlier version of this post said Bobby V’s is taking reservations for Super Bowl Sunday and that it’s open only to people age 21 and over.