Another day and another star athlete trying their hand at the restaurant business. This time, its Redskins Pro Bowl TE Jordan Reed who will be opening his “Grille 86” in Storrs Center just off the UConn campus. The New London, CT native’s new spot will open in late March and will be a prime spot for special events, informal gatherings, and watch parties for all UConn sports.
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Grille 86 will feature 55 flat screen TVs, VIP room, and local food and drink. Leyland Alliance LLC is the developer with whom Reed is working with for the Storrs Center location. CEO Howard Kaufman stated, “There has been a huge demand for a larger place downtown that will stay open late and host informal gatherings of friends and families who want to watch a televised sporting event while enjoying some great food and drink. With the opening of Grille 86, that demand will be met,”
There will be ample non-alcoholic options and non-21 patrons are encouraged to frequent the location. However, Grille 86 will stay open late to nightlife until 1 am on weekdays and 2am on weekends. I.D. checks will be put in place as management deems necessary to combat underage drinking.
The Executive Chef Willis Stepp will have free reign to create new menu items. He'll partner with local butchers and farms for its menus items which include roasted vegetables, skewers, sandwiches, wings, and burgers.
Grille 86, which dons the jersey number of Jordan Reed, will feature his memorabilia as well as that of other NFL players. Most notably, Grille 86 will display an iconic husky memorabilia wall due to its close proximity to the school.
Growing up an hour away from Storrs, Reed played his college ball at the University of Florida. He entered the NFL in 2013 and has played his entire career with the Washington Redskins. His best year came in 2015 when he made the Pro Bowl.
The Grille 86 website is not up in running but is currently under construction through a developer. They will also be live on Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat stated operations representative Shelby Krause.