Herschel Walker to Open New Restaurant in Athens, GA—’Herschel’s Famous 34 Pub & Grill’


Herschel Walker helped lead the Bulldogs to a National Championship in 1980 and is returning to Athens to open his first restaurant.

As a new generation of Georgia Bulldogs stand on the cusp of a National Championship appearance, a former legend—who helped lead the Bulldogs to their last National Championship in 1980—is preparing to open a new restaurant not far from his old stomping grounds.

The University of Georgia’s legendary running back will soon help open Herschel’s Famous 34 Pub & Grill at 320 E. Clayton St. in downtown.

The restaurant will be playing host to a three-day kickoff in late January “before the Super Bowl,” said George Fiorile, vice president of DD Leisure Management Corp. out of Dover, Del., which owns the restaurant.

“We are excited to open the first Herschel’s Famous 34 Pub & Grill in Athens where I have many fond memories of my time at the University of Georgia,” Walker said Wednesday in a statement.

…The restaurant will feature a half dozen 60-inch TVs, complimentary wireless Internet and table-side tablets featuring messages from Walker and highlights of his football, bobsledding and martial arts experiences, according to a news release. The menu will run the gamut, with steaks, burgers, signature sandwiches, oysters, crab legs, shrimp, healthy selections and salads made fresh with local produce, according to the release. The food will come from Renaissance Man Food Services, Walker’s Savannah-based company.

Among the signature items will be Doritos-crusted barbecue wings, Fiorile said.

It will also feature 34 craft beers, creating an opportunity for an “exciting adventure in terms of pairing food with these excellent craft brews,” Fiorile said. (Nick Coltrain, “Herschel Walker to open pub and grill in downtown Athens”, OnlineAthens, 11/29/12)

As a local, I can definitely say I’ll be giving this one a look.

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