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Belly Up

Relive the glory days at Delta House

2/5/2014

Treva Arnold serves up an Angry Orchard draft at Delta House.

Treva Arnold serves up an Angry Orchard draft at Delta House.

Fans of the late comedian John Belushi, college students and adults who love to revel in those college glory days, have found their haven at the new Delta House on East Euclid Avenue where the beloved neighborhood bar Scooter and Bab’s once ruled. A couple years ago, owners of Scooter and Bab’s turned the old bar over to new owners, and the sign above the spacious front-patio said “Gill T’s Bar and Grill.” Now Ron Evison is taking a crack at the prime location to bring something “different and fun,” he said.

“There are not too many places where you can go to play beer pong,” Evison said. “I wanted to offer something that really can be anything you want. It’s a comfortable place with a relaxing atmosphere.”

The Delta House opened in mid-December, and already the beer pong table has had plenty of play, the dart boards are heating up with league action and the bartender dodges ricocheting quarters (anyone who can toss a quarter into a mini pitcher stationed at the back bar wins a free shot of Fireball) while slinging bombs, shots and beers to a regular crowd the house hasn’t hosted since Scooter and Bab’s days.

“We’re seeing a lot of regulars coming back, which makes me happy,” Evison said. Now the task will be drawing newcomers, he admitted.

“Once people get here, they really like the place,” he said. “We’re starting to see new faces more and more. And once you try the food, you’ll be very impressed.”

Before the first bite, the menu alone is impressive at Delta House, featuring sports bar-and-grill staples such as the breaded tenderloin, chicken strips, onion rings and wings ($1 per wing except on 50-cent wing night). But the real stars on the list are the sandwiches — the capicola, grinder, burger, BLT and especially the sausage sandwich, all served with fries.

“I’m sorry to call you at home, but I just wanted to reiterate just how good the sausage sandwich is,” Evison said in a follow-up interview. “We use Graziano sausage topped with marinara, provolone cheese on ciabatta bread. Some people like to add sweet peppers and hot peppers, and everybody just loves them.

“And we’re bringing back Scooter and Babs’ Indian tacos. They’ll be back on Taco Tuesdays. Those things are so good.”

Evison said a steak night is also in the works, as well as bags tournaments, bike nights and outdoor beer tents with live music this summer.

“This place has one of the best patios in the area, and the parking lot is so big,” Evison said. “A lot of people approached me about using it as a bike-night destination, because they can all come down here from Trophy’s.”

So far “College Night” has become a popular draw to Delta House on Thursdays, too, he said. For $6, patrons can fill their Solo cups with 50-cent domestic draws all night starting at 6 p.m.

“We have a lot of different ideas,” Evison said. “If everything goes well, I’ll open a second location on the west side.” CV

Delta House sports bar and grill
918 E. Euclid Ave.
266-1491
HOURS: 9 a.m.-2 a.m. daily
HAPPY HOUR: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Sat.
KITCHEN: Anytime
ENTERTAINMENT: Live music and karaoke TBA, Friday night dart league.
CAPACITY: 65
 
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