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Irsay may rescue Colts-themed restaurant

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Less than a day after its closure was announced, a Colts-themed restaurant on the far north side of Indianapolis may be getting a reprieve.

The Blue Crew Sports Grill at 7035 E. 96th St. shut its doors Thursday after nearly seven years in business, according to a post on the eatery’s Facebook page.

Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay, however, says he'd like to help owner Randy Collins keep the financially troubled restaurant stay open.

"Randy called me and said."..Got mashed potatoes...can't get no T-Bone!!!.."..so I said we'll float that rent fer a little bit n keep rockin'," Irsay said in a Twitter message Thursday night.

Colts fans and business partners 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.
 

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  • mr irsay
    to all the people who dislike what irsay wants to do. Quit complaining and let the man do what he feels within his heart. Mr Irsay has given to many charities over the years. He was there big time for coach pags and family.
  • Nature of the rescue
    As others have noted both here and in IndyStar comments, food quality and service were big issues for this establishment. I see no reason why the Blue Crew can't thrive so long as it offers quality food and service. Hopefully Jim Irsay's assistance is largely focused on these areas, as opposed to simply floating Mr. Collins a loan.
  • Giving back
    I think it's great Irsay is helping the Blue Crew. If you're a Colts fan you have to go see all of the memorabilia and horseshoe shaped bar. It's a place worth keeping alive. Too bad it's not closer to the city though...96th St is for the strip mall crowds of Hamilton County.
  • YUCK!
    Why are you doing this Mr Irsay? This place was terrible, terrible. If you have this money to spare, why not give it to a deserving charity? I've actually lost a bit of respect for you because of this!
    • Aye Carumba
      At a mere $100,800 that's pocket change for the CIB.
    • Blue Crew
      Some businesses are just not set up to survive. This will only be temporary band aid. May as well get it over with.
    • yeah right
      don't worry he'll be petitioning the city for the money to cover it in the next few days...
    • good money after bad?
      According to figures which were posted elsewhere, The Blue Crew Sports Grill is paying $8400 per month for rent. That breaks down to $100,800 per year before they've spent a dime on payroll, taxes, benefits, insurance, food, or utilities. An infusion of cash will just keep the business open temporarily. For the Blue Crew is to have any hope of breaking even they need to downsize to a cheaper location and expand their marketing to include more sports. I live on the north side and have never considered visiting the restaurant. Considering that there are well over 20 restaurants and bars between there what can they do to attract business?

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