WASHINGTON — A one-time sports bar venture by Washington native and former NFL player Colton Underwood now has a change of name, new owners and a barbecue-style menu.
Underwood opened 4th & Goal Grill in August 2016 at 1021 N. Cummings in Washington while he was still signed with the Oakland Raiders. Underwood described the concept at the time as an "industrial, modern, rustic sports bar" with a bevy of big-screen televisions.
But the former NFL player has juggled a busy schedule between ramping up the focus on his charity, the Colton Underwood Legacy Foundation, and starring on the upcoming season of the ABC reality show "The Bachelorette." With much of his attention focused on those matters, Underwood's aunt and uncle, Sherrie and Geoff Lucas, have taken over the operations of the restaurant this spring.
"He's been busy with his foundation and couldn't get back much," Sherrie Lucas said. "So we talked him into selling it to us."
Lucas, who has been the manager at 4th & Goal since it opened, decided to overhaul the entire scheme of the restaurant once she and her husband took over. It now goes by Brickhouse BBQ, and the menu appropriately highlights barbecue dishes.
The craft beer on tap remains, but much of the decor does not. Lucas said that all of the sports memorabilia has been taken down in favor of giving it a more home-style barbecue feel.
"It's not a sports bar anymore," Lucas said. "We've made it a little BBQ place and made it our own."
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