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Playoffs Pub and Grill's New Face Attracts New Friends

A remodeling project is underway at the joint formerly known as Fat Boy Roadhouse.

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 , 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.”

Eric B. Ebert May 23, 2011 at 09:44 PM
Still in the "transition" phase as far as the clientele are concerned, but Playoffs Pub is definitely more bright and cheery than its predecessor used to be. I will definitely be back. Can't wait for the new, more upbeat entertainment, beer garden and full kitchen. Congrats, Dawn!!!
Don May 28, 2011 at 04:07 AM
FYI..Rainmaker and Blondie here..We were hardcore regulars at Fatboy RH and we have seen every band listed in the above article many times at Fatboy..basically if you don't like classic rock and blues stay away...Young still lives, leather will still be there and no matter who rents the place it will always be "The place where friends meet." RnB
jeff June 03, 2011 at 02:22 PM
fatboys was a 2nd home to me and my brother, we miss the biker atmosphere and friendliness you recieved. It was a place where you were accepted to a place that everyone stares at you for having long hair, a beard, leather, and a harley. there was no bar that could compare. you can change the name but not the crowd
Kim July 01, 2011 at 08:05 PM
I have to say I was rather impressed with the new digs. Road down last week from Madison visiting friends and ended up popping in and staying for Jackie Brown - the music was awesome, the staff were very friendly and the place could not have looked nicer inside. They really did a great job. I look forward to coming back soon. As to leave a note for the comment above the bartender was happy to trade hair care product tips with my boyfriend for his shaggy long locks. We had a blast and the prices were right. Way to go Dawn and Even, best of luck. See you soon.
mark July 05, 2011 at 08:41 PM
I was in this bar a week ago and was not impressed at all. The bartender Kat was rude and will not blend in with the type of people that frequent the bars in this area. There are too many good bars and especially sports bars like Mad Dogs right down the street that are much better. There never appears to be any vehicles in the parking lot and it has a very empty feeling inside anyway. This bar wont make it here.
Serena April 05, 2012 at 03:05 PM
This bar is awesome! I love the changes and the clean atmosphere. I recommend it to every age group and the owners are young, determined business owners. Playoffs is a great add to the community. Excited for the future additions.

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