The dark blue paint on the outside of Playoffs Pub and Grill does no justice to the bright and cheerful atmosphere found immediately across the threshold of the new bar and restaurant at 8222 W. Forest Home Ave.
Playoffs opened May 1, replacing Fat Boy Roadhouse, and according to operator Dawn Gonyo the bar and grill has experienced a large amount of success in the past few weeks.
"We have new guests stopping in to check it out as well as a few of Fat Boy’s old regulars,” Gonyo said.
The new bar has experienced a full facelift on the interior.
“We plan to differentiate ourselves from the other sports bars in town by providing a more intimate setting, a cozy and comfortable atmosphere," Gonyo said. "We’d like to be a clean and entertaining townie bar.”
The theme is intended to be inclusive of a large variety of patrons. Fat Boy Roadhouse was known for its biker crowds and hard rock music; Playoffs now focuses on a friendly music range and management hopes the emphasis on sports will attract a wider range of clientele.
The decorations and music aren’t the only things to change within Playoffs. Plans for a full-service kitchen are under way and Gonyo hopes to be serving a large menu by football season. Construction has begun in the back of the building for a beer garden, volleyball courts and horseshoe pits as well.
Fridays in June will see a plethora of live music acts including Diamonds and Martinis, Live At Nine, Jerry Stephani, Uptown w/ Downtown and Jackie Brown and the Boys. For more details about the live shows please visit the pub’s new Facebook fan page. Saturdays will also incorporate some form of live entertainment like karaoke.
Every night of the week includes drink specials, and happy hour lasts from 2-6 p.m. Monday through Friday and continues all night on Tuesdays. The entertainment at Playoffs also includes a pool table, dart boards, arcade games, eleven flatscreen TVs, a jukebox, small area for dancing and Wisconsin Lottery pull tabs to pass the time.
With all the updates and remodeling that has occurred in the past month Gonyo, “can’t wait for everyone to come check us out. Everyone is welcome, all people of all ages.”