People may be able to gamble while drinking and eating at a Bobby V’s sports bar and restaurant as close as Stamford, beginning in 2015.
Sportech Venues Inc., the owner of the exclusive rights to provide pari-mutuel wagering in Connecticut, has obtained regulatory approval to build and open a betting venue with a sports bar and restaurant in downtown Stamford.
Named after local sports legend
The establishment will be built in partnership with local sports legend Bobby Valentine, 64, who grew up in Stamford and went on to play Major League Baseball for a decade and then be the manager of a series of teams, including the Texas Rangers, New York Mets and Boston Red Sox.
For many years, Valentine operated a few Bobby V’s locations in Fairfield County, with the original restaurant and bar being in downtown Stamford. He is now athletic director at Sacred Heart University and still lives in Stamford.
In the late 1990s, when Harbor Yard Ballpark was built for the Bridgeport Bluefish, there had been talk of a Bobby V’s bar and restaurant opening near that stadium in downtown Bridgeport, just off Interstate 95.
Similar facility now near Bradley Airport
The Stamford facility will be the second of its type in Connecticut following the opening earlier this year of Bobby V’s Restaurant and Sports Bar in Windsor Locks, a $4 million, 10,000-square-foot facility near Bradley International Airport where up to 370 customers can wager, play, dine and drink.
The Windsor Locks establishment also is a partnership with Valentine.
Will be 20,000 square feet venue
The new Stamford venue, which would involve developming an existing building, is scheduled for completion in 2015 and will consist of a two-story 20,000-square-foot facility. The ground floor will be a sports bar and restaurant, with large television screens, while the upper floor will have a separate bar and betting areas.
The Stamford sports bar was approved on Monday by local regulators.
‘Next generation of gaming opportunities’
Sportech officials said it represents progress in the company’s repositioning the traditional off-track betting facilities in Connecticut. According to a company press release, the new Bobby V’s venues show “its commitment to delivering the next generation of gaming opportunities for customers.”
Ted Taylor, Sportech Venues president, said, “By successfully introducing a new concept in sports entertainment, we have continued to grow our business and employment in Connecticut. We estimate the new venue in Stamford will bring the number of Sportech employees in Connecticut to more than 440.”
About Sportech Venues
Sportech Venues holds the exclusive license to conduct off-track parimutuel wagering on horse-racing, greyhound racing and jai alai in Connecticut, in perpetuity. A percentage of its revenue goes to the state.
The company operates 15 off-track and sports bar wagering venues under the name Winners, in addition to an account wagering service that offers telephone wagering on racing and jai alai, and Internet betting on horser-acing. Learn more at www.mywinners.com.