Teemu Selanne May Become a Restaurant Owner Soon

By Michelle Drinnenberg
Jerome Miron- USA TODAY Sports

While the headlines of the lockout are wasting all of our time, Teemu Selanne wastes no time contemplating his options for future ventures. Since Selanne’s retirement is almost eminent, Anaheim Ducks‘ fans might just have to get used to “Selanne the business owner” as their alternative.

It appears that the fan-favorite Duck wants to start a new chapter in his life by opening his own “Teemu Tavern & Grill.” The owners of the last French 75 confirmed that they accepted a buyout from a firm with ties to Selanne — his first step to opening up his upscale steakhouse in Laguna Beach. Teemu Tavern & Grill is expected to open in April and provide a menu filled with “tavern style, great American food.”

In fact Selanne, who lives in Coto de Caza, has been planning this for quite some time. While nothing is in ink quite yet and won’t be until they get the stamp of approval from the Finnish Flash himself, I get the sense that when Selanne’s days as a hockey player are over, fans will continue to be impressed with him.

You can definitely count me in on at least trying the place out; not only in hopes to maybe see him again, but to experience the product of his work that is off the ice. I’m not a huge fan of red meat, but I’m sure Selanne would be just the man to change that. By no means will this alleviate any depression I will experience when Selanne announces his retirement, but at least I know he’s trying to make a different mark in southern California.

Plus if Selanne cares for this restaurant as much as he cares for his collection of cars, we are all in for quite a treat.

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