Former Ohio State football Coach Urban Meyer soon will find out if beating Michigan is easier than running a restaurant. Already, he’s playing catch up to Lima’s John Heaphy.
Meyer will be opening an 8,500-square-foot sports bar called the Pint House in Dublin’s Bridge Park neighborhood on Sept. 27. His restaurant will be opening 10 days after Heaphy opens Beer Barrel Dublin Green on Sept. 17. The 10,500-square-foot restaurant will be Heaphy’s third Beer Barrel in Central Ohio, the other two being in Hilliard and the Easton shopping center. It also will feature a Bourbon Barrel Room.
Meyer will be joining a long list of sports figures who have either scored or fumbled in the business world. For every George Foreman who had a knockout with his George Foreman grills, there are people like Johnny Unitas, who lost much of his football fortune on bowling alleys; NBA basketball star Dwyane Wade, who is facing a $25-million lawsuit thanks to failed restaurants; and Archie Griffin, who filed for personal bankruptcy less than a month before competing in Super Bowl XVI thanks to failing footwear stores.
Meyer also joins his wife Shelley in the business world. Bend Active, an apparel store in Bridge Park, carries “The Shelley Meyer Collection.” A portion of the collection’s proceeds go to the Urban and Shelley Meyer Fund for Cancer Research.
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… Those pesky millennials are now changing our snack food. In search of a healthier Slim Jim for millennials, Conagra plans to build a new 40,000-square-foot innovation center in Chicago that will focus exclusively on advances in snacking. Besides healthier food, it will be looking at more customer-friendly packaging. Some of its other products are Jiffy Pop, Swiss Miss and Fiddle Faddle.
Grapevine is a quick snapshot of items recently in the news. Contact Jim Krumel, editor of The Lima News, at 567-242-0391 or at The Lima News, 3515 Elida Road, Lima, Ohio 45807.