It’s been nearly six months since NASCAR Sports Grille at CityWalk closed its doors,
and although Universal Orlando said at the time that it was being shuttered to make way for an “exciting new concept,” no official announcement has been made about what will take its place. There’s been a lot of speculation about the replacement for the popular sports grille, which had been a CityWalk staple since it opened in 1999, but recent hints and information from insiders leads us to believe it will be another casual sports bar. We think the new bar will feature big windows and an expanded out door bar area, with access from the sidewalk that leads to the entrance of Universal Studios. The new bar will rely heavily upon NBC Sports branding.
NASCAR Sports Grille was never just about car racing. Rather, it was about convincing people that it was a great place to catch a soccer match or baseball game, but the branding seemed to get in the way. This new sports bar’s NBC Sports theme and more open design should help – it’ll allow guests walking by to see inside.
But the best news about the new place is this: It will have its own microbrewery, making this the first place on Universal Orlando resort property to produce its own booze. Disney World’s microbrewery, Big River Grille, has long been a popular spot with families and dates.
Some say a new sports bar that brews its own beer could hurt the NBA City restaurant. Rumors of a replacement for that spot have been going strong for years, though recent rumors point to the less-than-popular themed restaurant sticking around for a while longer. But this is Universal so there’s honestly no telling.