Pete Rose Strikes Out at Pete Rose Sports Bar & Grill

Baseball icon Pete Rose is no longer involved with the former Pete Rose Sports Bar & Grill at the Hawaiian Marketplace on the Las Vegas Strip.

As evidence of his parting ways with the venue, Rose’s name has been unceremoniously blacked out on the restaurant’s signage.

Pete Rose Sports Bar & Grill

So much awkward, so little time.

Pete Rose Sports Bar & Grill had its official opening on Oct. 14, 2015. Before it became Pete Rose Sports Bar & Grill, it was the People’s Republic Beer Garden & Kitchen.

The opening of the Pete Rose Sports Bar & Grill was curious given it seemed to materialize overnight. Pete Rose’s involvement in the place appears to have ended just as abruptly.

Pete Rose sports bar Las Vegas

The baseball seams on the ceiling are one of the few reminders Pete Rose was ever involved with the restaurant. They’ll be painted over soon.

While we haven’t heard from anyone at HIG Management, the company that operates the restaurant (and which was involved with the defunct F.A.M.E. at the Linq promenade), we can take a pretty good stab at what the official statement will be. It’s Las Vegas, after all.

“We can confirm Pete Rose is no longer involved with our bar and restaurant. Pete Rose is a baseball legend, and our relationship has been a mutually beneficial one. However, in reviewing our business needs and licensing agreements, we’ve made the difficult, mutual decision to discontinue our collaboration on this project. We wish Pete Rose the best in all his future endeavors.”

Las Vegas translation: “The business hasn’t doing all that well, and having Pete Rose’s name slapped on it wasn’t a big draw, so why are we paying these licensing fees?” Or something along those lines. It happens.

The bottom line is Pete Rose is out, but the bar and restaurant will continue to operate. Staff believe a new concept is in the works, although no specifics are available at this time.

Virtually all traces of Pete Rose are gone at the establishment, including all the memorabilia, presumably from Pete Rose’s private collection.

Pete Rose Las Vegas

This case was once full of autographed baseballs, bats and other Pete Rose memorabilia. Now, not so much.

The Pete Rose-inspired menus remain intact, but not for long.

Also gone is the throne made with bats (67 to be exact) made in Pete Rose’s honor by one of venue’s bartenders.

Pete Rose throne of bats

We’re curious where this ended up. It was a popular photo op.

If we hear anything official about all this, we’ll certainly pass it along.

Special thanks to loyal reader and citizen journalist Jeremiah W. for tipping us off to this story.

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  • Bouldersteve

    I remember a baseball executive once said. Why am I paying players millions of dollars to be in last place when I could pay thousands and still be in last place.

  • DSchwartz99lv

    “You’re sure this won’t get me in any trouble?” – Pete Rose in that William Hill commercial with former mayor Oscar Goodman

  • FYMYAWF

    This place seems destined to be gone soon. Opening with the confusing “People’s Republic” theme (a bar for Chinese socialists?) that was really just a gussied up sports bar, then overnight becoming Pete Rose’s, which WAS a gussied up sports bar, and now who knows what they will theme it as.

    I’ve been in several times, and despite a pretty great location between MGM and PH and some good, personable bartenders, it’s never busy. It wouldn’t shock me to see this place closed or sold by the end of the year.

  • Wally Marshall

    I ran into Pete Rose and a bunch of his friends at a media event a few years ago and they were all very rude and arrogant, glad he went out of business.