Colts-themed restaurant closes its doors after financial losses

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A high-profile Indianapolis Colts-themed restaurant on the far north side of Indianapolis has closed.

blue crew grill 15colThe Blue Crew Sports Grill opened in October 2006.

The Blue Crew Sports Grill at 7035 E. 96th St. shut its doors Thursday, according to a post on the eatery’s Facebook page. Phone calls to the 7-year-old restaurant were not immediately returned.

“Attention Colts fans, I can’t believe I’m typing these words, but the Blue Crew Sports Grill is closing its doors,” the post said. “We’ve been struggling to stay open for a long time, but we’ve just lost too much money to keep going. As of this morning, we’re closed.”

The message continued: “We’ve enjoyed being the #1 destination for Colts fans for a long time, and we’ll miss all of you.”

It quickly became a popular hangout to watch the team’s games. But questions persisted about its ability to draw a crowd during the offseason.  

Colts fans and business partners Randy Collins, Dan Dilbeck and Everett Myers opened the 4,000-square-foot restaurant in October 2006.

The restaurant was outfitted floor to ceiling with Colts memorabilia, big-screen televisions and a huge horseshoe-shaped bar.




  • shocked!
    they basically took a bar and painted it blue and thought indy fans would flock there because of that. ignore service, food, and decor. bandwagon fans loved the place when they were winning, but during the bad years the place was empty. hardly surprised that they can't survive getting by on 16 days a year as long as the team is competitive.
  • Bring in the big guns!
    After Irsay is done floating this place 100k or so, maybe the bar owner should call John Taffer of Spike TV's "Bar Rescue" to do a makeover here! I've watched that show and his tough love approach seems to work wonders on some bar owners.
  • god awful
    The food was totally inedible, the service was a pathetic joke...very few local craft beers. How is it possible a sophisticated business person such as Jim Irsay would help this business ? Just being a Colts fan does not a successful business make ! They simply do not know their market....the food is low quality deep fried crap with nothing even remotely resembling fresh and healthy. The staff is both slow and incompetent...and the few times I have been there....the staff was unpleasant and totally ignorant of food offerings, ingredients, beer lists..etc. Maybe the place will be taken over by professional restaurateurs ?
  • BUH BYE!!!!
    Went there once. Had terrible, terrible service and the food was bad. This place was a disgrace to the good name of the Colts. Good Riddance!!
  • figures
    went there once and the waitress had no idea who vandermiss was and proudly proclaimed she was a packers fan..never went back
  • Blue Crew Closing
    I cannot believe it. I know it has been tough but I hate to see them close. I actually stopped in yesterday afternoon around 4pm. Guess I was one of the last customers. Although it was almost empty no hints of closing.
  • way overdue...
    No shock here. One of the worst bars in the history of Indianapolis
  • Colts-themed Restaurant
    My wife and I walked in there and were ignored for fifteen minutes and we walked out vowing never to return. Hate to see anyone lose their business but this doesn't shock me.
  • Food: Terrible. Atmosphere: Worse
    Biggest disappointment as far as new bars and eateries in the northside in recent memory. The food was horrid: It was basically just deep-fried bar fare, which can be delicious if you use good ingredients. They didn't. And the room itself was decorated like your uncle's basement: Wood panelling--yuck! This is supposed to be a fan bar that is so close as makes no difference to being in Fishers, maybe next time decorate the place for the neighbhorhood and the tastes of the people who will likely come there.
  • real reason
    It was the awful deal they signed - Colts get 100% of all revenue during Colts games and 50% of all revenue during non-Colts events. Or does that only apply to Lucas Oil?
  • after loses?
    Colts-themed restaurant closes its doors after loses ??
  • No surprise here...
    No one wants to make the trek out to a faceless strip mall in the hinterlands to choke down mediocre food at some kitschy Colts-themed sports bar. That only works 16 times a year.

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