The two-level venue will combine traditional sports-bar elements, a high-tech spin on Dave & Busters, a quieter wine-bar area and a children's area. An outdoor section will include a large-screen TV for game viewing and permanent food trucks.
CANTON Unofficially, they're calling it "the world's greatest sports bar."
Whatever name it ultimately is given, the sports-themed bar-restaurant being developed for the Johnson Controls Hall of Village promises to be extraordinary.
"Every sports bar is essentially a collection of television sets. Our idea was, 'Let's figure out the next generation. Let's do the high-tech version of a sports bar," said Stuart Lichter, president and board chairman of the Village's master developer Industrial Realty Group.
The Village's sports bar will offer "an immersive experience," Lichter promised. On board to assist with its development is Immersive Artistry, the Los Angeles-based firm that helped create the Pro Football Hall of Fame's holographic "A Game For Life" theater, and is part of the creative team designing the football-themed virtual rides and indoor water park that will be part of Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Experience.
Already, "we're getting interest on an international basis, asking us to bring (our sports bar) concept to different markets," Lichter said.
The two-level venue will combine traditional sports-bar elements, a high-tech spin on Dave & Busters, a quieter wine-bar area and a children's area, Lichter said. An outdoor section will include a large-screen TV for game viewing and permanent food trucks.
Five suites available for rental will simulate — through seating, sound and video on walls and ceilings — the experience of actually being at the sporting event being watched.
"I'm hoping the bar will be one of the first things to open at the village," Lichter said. "We'll be aiming for a clear path to it even in the construction zone."
Also confirmed for the Village is Shula's Steakhouse 347, whose name references Hall of Famer Don Shula's NFL record-holding 347 career wins as a head coach. It will have a new concept different from other Shula's Steakhouse restaurants, with a wider menu, he said.
As far as stores go, nothing has been confirmed so far. But Pro Football Hall of Fame President David Baker said, "There's twice as much retail interest as there is space."
Lichter promises only interesting retailers at the village. "There's won't be anything ordinary like you'd find everywhere else," he said. Everything will be "regionally oriented and special-themed."