ABOVE: Fans gathered at Bobby Valentine’s Sports Gallery and Cafe celebrated during halftime of the USA vs. England World Cup game in 2010.
STAMFORD — Now that Bobby Valentine has the official go-ahead to open a sports bar with off-track-betting terminals on Atlantic Street, what will become of his other restaurant around the corner?
Valentine and Sportech, the state’s licensed OTB vendor, expect to invest $5 to $6 million into the 20,000-square-foot establishment on Atlantic Street, which will allow customers to bet on jai alai, horse and greyhound races. The new business will be named “Bobby V’s Restaurant and Sports Bar.”
Is there enough room in the downtown for two Bobby V’s? Valentine, who has operated the Main Street restaurant for 34 years, said he has no plans to shut it down – for now.
“I have no plan to close right now, but I’m exploring all opportunities and situations,” Valentine said Tuesday. “I’ve had some inquiries. I have quite the investment not there – I have not only the restaurant building but also the little buildings next door. There’s an economic impact to me and that street that I’m considering.”