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June 27, 2009

Mount Vernon is getting a sports bar


What did I tell you? What did I tell you??!?!?

I said Mount Vernon needs a sports bar. And so many of you laughed at me. Even my editor, Tim Swift, laughed at me.

Well, laugh no more. It's happening. A fancy Mount Vernon restaurant with a fancy name like Neo Viccino is closing and a sports bar is taking its place.


I told ryan97ou about this, since he suggested the topic in the first place, and his face melted.

He immediately started dreaming up ways to combine Mount Vernon's hipster attitude with a sports bar's meathead magnetism.

"I will wear skin tight black jeans, with a football jersey, and ride my single speed bike there with a beer helmet on," Ryan said.

That's genuis ...

But what about the important questions, like, is it possible to snidely chug a Miller Lite? Ryan  thinks so:

"Yes, chug it and yell, "This beer was soooo 10 seconds ago."

Ryan and I made a pact to be the first two people through the doors the first day, bare-chested with face paint on.

What would they call it, I wonder? Fumbles? If they take the idea that jmgiordano and i developed and don't pay us for it, I'm suing them for everything they're worth. I'll take them to the cleaners -- and various other cliches!

So yeah, eat it, haters.*

*Now that I've said all this, you watch this place go under in six months.

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 8:00 AM | | Comments (20)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


don't tell johnnycat about this place. he may start shooting out the tv screens yelling no more sports


*walking up to podium*

hello my name is ryan and yes, i like the the smiths AND nfl football. it's going to be ok.

Mount Vernon? Sports bar?

Biker shorts, biker caps, and a rack for parking messenger bikes.

I'm jes' sayin'.

What nite they got 25 cent wings? I can't wait ta pahty up theah.

Ryan, I love how, when we first say Mt Vernon needs a sports bar, everybody comes out of the woodwork to bash us. Then, when it happens, nobody says anything.

I will wear my upside-down visor, flip flops and Eddie Murray jersey with venetian aviators and an ironic mustache.

I'll be right there at the front door on opening day and pay way too much for PBR.

A SPORTS BAR IN MOUNT VERNON? FOR WHO? For all the athletics fans that live there? The demographic of Mount Vernon will not and can not support a sports bar.

Boy, I'd like to shake the hand of the visionary that thought this was a good idea. Talk about an original thought. Look, I certainly don't wish anyone that is trying to make a business work in this town to have a failure, but when you do something this incredibly dull all of my mercy goes out the window. For Chrissake, do something new. So, I'll give it hmmmm say 18 months and then it will be either another shuttered establishment, or they will come back to reality and pull down the signed jerseys, whistles, caps, helmets and God knows what else that are entombed under Plexiglas from the walls. After that happens, I'll check Craigslist every week for great deals on used big screen televisions, sports "memorabilia" and like-new Fryolators.

sounds like someone reads a bit too much bourdain


calm's going to be ok

OK come on.. Let's have some good names for the new Mount Vernon sports bar. OK, OK calm down, I'll go first. My vote would be to call it The Tight End. Or, how about Backcourt Violations? Groin Pull Pub has a nice ring to it. Come on now, it's just a joke. Is that a slight crack of a politically-incorrect smile I see? Think you can do better? Have at it!


for sports fans, dumbass. i find it hard to believe that one section of the city has sworn off sports all together. that they sit in circles and use the power of their minds to jerk each other around telepathically, as opposed to witnessing "all those uncouth swine, ranting and raving about a leather ball being tossed to and fro."

do sport's fans reside here?

the problem with the sports bar won't be the Mt Vernon demographic... it will be that it's run by the same people who ran the terrible restaurant that it's replacing, Neo Viccino.

Dr. Peter Venkman: This bar is headed for a disaster of biblical proportions.

Mayor: What do you mean, "biblical"?

Dr Ray Stantz: What he means is Old Testament, Mr. Mayor, real wrath of God type stuff.

Dr. Peter Venkman: Exactly.

Dr Ray Stantz: Fire and brimstone coming down from the skies! Rivers and seas boiling!

Dr. Egon Spengler: Forty years of darkness! Earthquakes, volcanoes...

Winston Zeddemore: The dead rising from the grave!

Dr. Peter Venkman: Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together... mass hysteria!

Ah, but here's the catch – what kind of sports? This town really needs a good ice dancing theme bar. Crank up the Island Oasis machine because I am so gonna want a frozen appletini when I'm watching rhythmic gymnastics and synchronized swimming. I assume they they have the TV's tuned to ESPN-G

I heard it's going to be called Badminton's. All badminton all the time.
Can I get a HELL YEAH!

Speaking of Badminton, I hear Susan Sarandon owns a Ping Pong themed bar in NYC. Or I may have made that up... maybe this should go under the Big Kidz thread. Dunno, brain is fried today!

You''re right CantonKate, I saw the same thing.

I hope the new bar has competive leap frog on the tube.

Thank you very much for this very informative post! Keep it up!:)

Congratulations! HAHA!

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