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Biz Beat: Sports fans score two new eateries

pguerra@modbee.comSeptember 15, 2013 

Just in time for football season, there are two new places in Modesto to grab a beer and watch the game. Or to meet friends for dinner.

Rivets American Grill opened earlier this month on Oakdale Road. Quickly following was the opening Thursday of Uno Chicago Grill’s second location, on Dale Road.

Rivets is owned by Roman Wagner, who operates P. Wexford’s Pub and The Boardroom downtown. Wagner said he was looking to fill a need on the east side of town.

“I knew a lot of people who lived over here,” Wagner said. Rivets emphasizes the “American” in American Grill, with an emphasis on domestic microbrews and fare typical of the United States, such as hamburgers, sandwiches and big dinner salads.

“But we put our own spin on them,” Wagner said. Everything down to the burger buns is homemade and fresh, he said.

Rivets has a full bar that includes some rare bottles of spirits including bourbon. And live music will be played several nights a week.

“We’ve got some really fun ideas,” Wagner said. “This is what we need on this side of town.”

On the opposite side of the city, John Ismail opened his second Uno Chicago Grill. It’s in the former Mike’s Roadhouse location.

“It’s a major, major transition,” Ismail said. “It looks great.”

The menu is identical to the one at the Uno site on Oakdale Road, down the street a bit from Rivets. Specialties include deep-dish pizzas, seafood and salads. The look of the restaurant is more streamlined, Ismail said.

He opened with a staff of 162, as well as 18 beer taps and 17 big-screen televisions.

And speaking of Mike’s Roadhouse, I wrote previously that owner Mike Nelson was opening a new spot, Mike’s Grillhouse, on Pelandale Road near Costco. Mike’s Grillhouse is now open.

All of these places have something in common, outside of the “grill” part of their names: They’re on Facebook. As the cool cats say, you can find all the deets there.

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Many thanks to the folks who pointed out that I missed a Quizno’s location in last week’s column about the sandwich shop’s closure in Modesto. There also was a site on Pelandale that has closed, along with the other two locations and the one in Ceres.

Looking for a job? The Central Valley Job Fair, hosted by Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Turlock, and the Stanislaus Economic Development and Workforce Alliance, is set for next week. Organizers said a wide range of fields will be represented at the fair Sept.25 from 9a.m. to 3p.m. at Modesto Centre Plaza.

Breaking News Editor Patty Guerra can be reached at pguerra@modbee.com@modbee.com or (209)578-2302. Follow her on Twitter @PattyGuerra.

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