Sports bar to open in former Arena location

Source: John Stapleton,

Tuesday, 06th Sept, 2011

A new sports bar will be coming to Maricopa in the space formerly occupied by the Arena Sports Grill near Bashas’ Grocery Store.

Called O’Shays, the new business at 20800 N. John Wayne Parkway, Suite 101, will be an Irish-American themed sports grill.

Ted Shroder and Shay Deverse plan to open their new sports grill, O'Shays, later this month or in early October. © John Stapleton.

Co-owners Shay Deverse and Ted Schroder and are now interviewing employees and remodeling the restaurant to give it the new look. They are continuing to accept applications. Anyone interested in applying should drop by and look for Deverse and Schroder.

“We still want to see the local talent, even when we open,” Deverse said. “We are making it a point to hire locally.”

The owners are hoping to open later this month or in the beginning of October and are making some changes from when it was Arena.

“We got rid of the dividing wall, and we’ve got 13 55-inch hi-definition big screens,” Schroder said. “We will also have the ceiling-mounted projector and have the games on the wall screen.”

Deverse said their menu will include specialty items like shepherd’s pie and prime rib on Friday nights. He added it will be a “2011 take” on classic Irish dishes, and the American dishes will have plenty of Irish flair. For quality beer lovers, they will have Guinness on tap. They also plan on serving breakfast on weekends from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Both Deverse and Schroder are Ahwatukee residents, but plan to move to Maricopa if their business does well.

“We need to be local, and need to know the local people,” Deverse said. “When I first drove down here, I saw what Maricopa had to offer and I didn’t see an Irish-themed sports bar. Our focus is really going to be into football and have football specials.”


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