Sportech Partners with Baseball Great Bobby Valentine on New Venture
Sportech Venues (Sportech) is delighted to announce a partnership with baseball great and philanthropist Bobby Valentine in their new state-of-the-art restaurant and sports bar facility that is to open next month at the Bradley Teletheater in Windsor Locks, CT, adjacent to Bradley International Airport.
Bobby V’s Restaurant and Sports Bar, which has been created alongside the existing gaming facility, will set new standards for watching sports while dining. At a cost of over $3.5m, the stunning 300 seat restaurant and sports bar features a giant 17 ft. by 10 ft. LED TV alongside 70 other large screens, a golf simulator, private dining space and meeting room. A fabulous outdoor bar and patio will open in the Spring. It boasts custom designed furniture made with many natural repurposed and salvaged materials.
The restaurant and sports bar was designed and built by Sportech, the organization that owns and operates the 15 licensed sports bar and OTB venues in Connecticut, and continues the investment made during the three years since Sportech entered CT. In this period Sportech has invested $10 million in upgrading many of the locations. With the hiring of new staff at the restaurant and sports bar, Sportech’s work force in the state of Connecticut will increase to approximately 370 employees.
Bobby Valentine, a Stamford, CT native, brings well-rounded experience to the table. Best known for his Major League Baseball career as a manager of several teams and currently Athletic Director at Sacred Heart University, Bobby is an experienced restaurateur and was a natural choice to operate this new restaurant and sports bar.
Bobby Valentine said, “I’ve been talking to Sportech for a while and I like what they have done since buying the Connecticut operation. They’ve invested huge sums of money to raise standards and create new concepts, and I’ve enjoyed working with them to design something we are all proud of. There’s nothing like it up here in Southern New England and I’ve not seen a screen as impressive as this outside Vegas! You’re going to have to see it to believe it!”
Ted Taylor, Sportech’s Managing Director said, “It’s great to be partnering with Bobby, whose experience and personality make him a natural partner. We wanted to create a groundbreaking concept for sports entertainment, and the restaurant looks fantastic – I’m looking forward to the opening in January.”