Time was around here when if you wore a jersey on job, you could have a restaurant or bar.
It helped if you were a star, but, particularly if your work shirt was burgundy and gold, that wasn’t mandatory —the Redskins’ offensive coordinator, third-string quarterback and punter all had local chains (chains!) of restaurants back in the day.
But the vanity eatery/watering hole isn’t so chic any more.
Maybe it’s because free agency makes today’s athletes feel like their ties to the community are too tenuous. Maybe it’s because free agency makes today’s athletes so wealthy they don’t look for a second career while they’re still in the game.
Or, maybe it’s because the only status symbol that matters now for DC stars is to get in an Eastern Motors commercial.
For whatever reason, there just ain’t sports establishments like they’re used to be.
So today I’ll spend some time hanging out in the few still in existence and mull the glory days of the jock spot.
In the meantime, here’s a list of bygone businesses named for former local heroes:
Mark Moseley’s Burgers, Herndon
Mark Mosely’s Famous Fries, Potomac Mills
Doc Walker’s Scoreboard, Fairfax
Fran O’Brien’s at the Capitol Hilton
Curtis Jordan and Jeff Hayes’s Rocco’s, various locations
Roy Jefferson’s Bar-B-Q, Centreville
George Starke’s Head Hog BBQ, various locations
Petitbon’s American Grill and Bar, various locations
J Schroeder’s All-Pro Restaurant, Falls Church
Mickey Grasso’s, downtown (Thanks, Phil Wood!)
Joe Judge’s, Petworth
Gino’s, all over
Manute Bol’s Spotlight, 12th & U
Michael Jordan’s Steakhouse, in the Reagan Building