Building a Successful Restaurant Chain

Building a Successful Restaurant Chain

When it comes to building a restaurant chain, most people think of big corporations. The suburbs and strip malls of America are packed to capacity with big-name chains, while successful smaller, “boutique” chains are harder to come by.

Stadium Sports Bar & Grill, with its original location in South Boston and two additional venues in Quincy and Waltham, is set to open its newest incarnation by late winter at the former site of McFadden’s Restaurant and Saloon on State Street near Faneuil Hall.  And looking down the road, Stadium has deals in the works for future locations in Lynn and Worcester.

The owner of the restaurant group is enthusiastic about its latest endeavor. “Our new downtown Boston location will put us well on our way to becoming a hugely recognizable brand in the region,” says John McGrail, CEO and founder of the Mayo Group and owner of the restaurant chain. “People are going to stop by the downtown Stadium, and once they get a taste of our high-definition TVs and diverse menu, they’ll want to come back – either to our downtown location or one of our other stores.”

What makes Stadium one of the trendiest Bay State hot spots? An emphasis on special. Drink specials, daily menu specials, and special events are all part of the package. Stadium hosts opportunities to meet sports stars and get their autographs and holds celebrations on holidays. Patrons enjoy billiards, trivia games, live music on certain evenings, and the opportunity to see all of their favorite sports in high-definition – not just the local games shown at other sports bars. And for fans who can’t make it to game time, Stadium airs replays.

The friendly, approachable staff at Stadium is just one of the reasons McGrail thinks the chain is doing so well. “People are comfortable when they come to Stadium. They want to settle in and spend some time. The staff at all of our locations recognizes this and works to create an environment where customers can relax and enjoy themselves.”

As Stadium has gained momentum, owners have translated that success to each new venue. Its downtown location will feature two levels and its signature multitude of TVs. With its satisfied customers and its local appeal, Stadium Bar & Grill is poised to take the Bay State by storm.

Stadium Sports Bar & Grill has locations at 232 Old Colony Avenue is South Boston, 1495 Hancock Street in Quincy, and 342 Moody Street in Waltham. For information on specials and to view Stadium’s menu, check out or visit Stadium on Facebook.