By Jacob Kornhauser on August 29, 2014
There are some pretty good ways to complement an athletic income, such as owning a restaurant or bar. Here are 15 former or current athletes who own restaurant bars around the country that are beloved by millions.
Wayne Gretzky's 99
The greatest player in NHL history now owns his own Canadian bar as well. Much like most athlete-owned establishments, it's an upscale operation.
Sol Torro Tequila Bar (and others)
Jordan is and always will be a legend in Chicago where he won six championships with the Chicago Bulls. He plays off that and does very well in the restaurant business in the city.
Chicago, Ill. and Pittsburgh, Pa.
Ditka has the personality of a wise-guy bar owner, and he does very well for himself in the bar industry. His very nice locations in Chicago and Pittsburgh make him quite a bit.
Jerome Bettis Grille 26
Like so many others, Bettis set up shop where he made his living as an athlete. "The Bus" has a very nice establishment where people can drink and enjoy a nice meal.
On top of running football operations of his former team, Elway also takes on a couple restaurant ventures. As the show "Bar Rescue" has shown us, it's not clear which is the harder job sometimes.
Magic's T.G.I. Friday's
Los Angeles, Calif.
Magic is a living legend in California, and he's taken advantage of that by buying up some T.G.I. Friday's and calling them Magic's T.G.I. Friday's. It's safe to say they do better than the normal chain.
Eddie George's Grille 27
The former Tennessee Titans star running back has a fine looking establishment set up in Ohio. In a new-age looking bar, there's plenty to eat and drink.
Island Way Grill
The oceanfront property Alstott owns is state of the art. With a beautiful view and a cold drink in your hand, what could possibly go wrong?
La Quinta, Calif.
The legendary golfer has made his mark in a number of ways since his playing days have passed. This bar is one of those ways, so the only real question now is whether or not he serves his signature drink there.
Short's Burger and Shine
Iowa City, Iowa
Kaeding, who is from Iowa City and attended the University of Iowa, decided to return to his roots to open up a bar. I don't know if you've heard, but the Iowa Hawkeyes like to party so it's a good bet that business is good.
Yao Restaurant and Bar
One of the tallest players in NBA history, Yao Ming returned to where he became famous in Houston to open up a Chinese restaurant. It's a large operation with an open bar and plenty of traditional Chinese dishes.
Vince Young Steakhouse
Even though his NFL career didn't go according to plan, Texas Longhorns fans still love their former quarterback. They also tend to love steak, so it looks like Young should be in a good spot business-wise.
Brett Favre's Steakhouse
Green Bay, Wisc.
Even if Packers fans hated their former quarterback for a few years, they are now generally welcoming him back and his steakhouse is part of that. It's starting to become a staple of the community.
Suffering one of the most gruesome injuries in NFL history didn't keep Theismann from opening up his own bar and grill. Filled with plenty of football memorabilia, the bar looks like a fun place to spend a weekend evening.
8 Twelve MVP Bar and Grill
The two Wisconsin athletes teamed up to form this beautifully-named bar in the state they've both made a living. Both have won an MVP in their respective sport, so if they have the same business sense as on-field sense, they should be doing very well for themselves.
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