Transitioning an old space to something fresh is risky -- after all, you may think it's fun and games turning that church into housing but who's laughing when God converts the architect's soul into an eternally damned architect's soul, or worse, a sales agent. For a conversion God's totally cool with, check out Stadium, opening tonight.
Located in a former bank in downtown Quincy Center, Stadium is a modern sports pub serving up traditional "creative American" meat-heavy fare in an exposed brick/darkly wooded 180-seat bar/dining room space adorned w/ framed Boston sports photos, and complimented by a 60-seat events room w/ huge HD projection wall, separate bar, and a private leather couch-laden three-television/Xbox/Wii-equipped "owners box" built into an old vault, just not the one stacked with quarters-playing Financial District dudes. Highlights from the menu include beef brisket served w/ fries, cole slaw, and buttered Texas toast; grilled marinated steak tips atop white cheddar mashed potatoes; and a thick-cut "Not Your Mama's" meat loaf dinner that's prepared using their "secret recipe", which hopefully is better than your mom's secret recipe of "not cooking meatloaf". If you prefer eating with your hands, they've got a prime rib Philly Steak & Cheese on a hoagie roll; a Meat Lovers Pizza piled high w/ pepperoni, roasted Italian sausage, black forest ham, and hickory bacon; and the Cajun-seasoned Big Papi Burger covered w/ sautéed peppers, onions, melted jack, and a smiling promise that it's hormone-free, at least as far as it knows.
For game-day tailgating at the bar, there's a wide range of beers, cocktails, and shooters, as well as tasty apps like Irish Nachos (crisp french fries covered in melted cheese, salsa and sliced jalapenos) and Memphis Dry Rubbed Chicken Swingers, which you'll think are good and fun until all they want to talk about is sex with your girlfriend, or worse, the Grizzlies!