Universal Announces First Ever NBC Sports Grill & Brew to Replace NASCAR Cafe at Universal CityWalk

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Back when the NASCAR Sports Grille closed in November of last year, no one was sure what was going to replace it. Over time it became clear that a NBC Sports related restaurant and sports bar would be taking over the vacant space. In April we got our first glimpse of a possible name from a permit filed. Today, Universal Orlando has officially announced the first ever NBC Sports Grill & Brew is coming to Universal Citywalk, and it will be opening this fall! The venue will host 100 HD TV screens throughout the restaurant all showing NBC sports programming of all types. Read the full press release, see the video, and check out some of the construction progress pictures below.

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Official Press Release

Last year was an incredible time for Universal CityWalk, with eight new venues joining the impressive dining line-up—and we’re not done yet! I’m happy to announce the newest MVP coming to CityWalk: the first-ever NBC Sports Grill & Brew, opening this fall.

This new restaurant represents our vision of delivering the ultimate sports dining experience. It’s like crossing your favorite sports restaurant with stadium VIP suites. Fans of all types will be able to enjoy the very best food alongside award-winning NBC Sports coverage. And with nearly 100 HD TV screens throughout the restaurant, every seat is the best seat in the house.

The food will be a one-of-kind experience that can be found at no other sports grill. You’ll be able to choose from an extensive menu of more than 75 different items. Pick from traditional favorites like burgers and steaks to custom creations like crab scotch eggs. And to top it off, you can watch the chefs in action as they prepare your meal in an open kitchen and on custom open fire grills.

And, of course, no sports game is complete without the perfect beer. You’ll be able to select from over 100 different beer varieties—including an exclusive draft you’ll only find here. There will even be a outdoor beer garden where you can relax after a day in the theme parks, enjoy a good meal and brew, and catch a game.

Check out the video below, where NBC Sports anchors Liam McHugh, Mike Milbury and Keith Jones chatted a bit about the new restaurant.

Then tell us in the comments which game you’d most like to watch at NBC Sports Grill & Brew when it opens.

Construction Photos from April 2015

The new entrance facade taking shape, looking like the concept art

The new entrance facade taking shape, looking like the concept art

A view of the side, where they've ripped out the wall to put in picturesque windows as well as large video screens on the outside

A view of the side, where they’ve ripped out the wall to put in picturesque windows as well as large video screens

Construction Photos from December 2014

Shortly after NASCAR Cafe closed they ripped out the main sign and facade front

Shortly after NASCAR Cafe closed they ripped out the main sign and facade front

They were halfway done remove the side wall at the time in December

They were halfway done removing the side wall at the time in December

Comparison of original NASCAR Sports Grill and New NBC Sports Grill & Brew

NASCAR Sports Grille

NASCAR Sports Grille

Concept art for NBC Sports Grill & Brew

Concept art for NBC Sports Grill & Brew

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