Pittsburgh diners, better prepare yourself emotionally for mustache envy: Mike Ditka’s coming to town!
(Ditka passing in front of Jerome Bettis’ Grille 36)
Rumors are popping up that “Iron Mike” is getting ready to open the 3rd namesake restaurant in his very-slowly-expanding empire in Pittsburgh.
The PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW is reporting that the restaurant has been advertising for its first group of employees, even though no one’s exactly sure where the restaurant is going to be located.
Said the PT-R:
Indications are that an Atria’s may be converted to Ditka’s. Atria’s are located in Robinson, PNC Park on Pittsburgh’s North Shore, in Mt. Lebanon, O’Hara, Peters, Richland, Pine and Murrysville.
In Chicago, Ditka’s is known for its steaks and chops, including a signature offering called “Da Pork Chop.”
Something else they’re known for is their famous custom-made “Mustache Bibs”, a small piece of fabric to put over your prized upper-lip growth so you don’t get any steak sauce on it. You have to request one, and when you do they may look at you funny, almost as if they don’t know what you’re talking about. You just have to persistent in your demand; that’s Da Coach’s way of teaching you the lesson of hard work.
The big question is, how long will the restaurant last? Pittsburgh has been notoriously fickle when it comes to their NFL legend-themed restaurants. As far as we can tell, as long as your bathrooms contain one-way spy mirrors, and it’s not named after a place not generally known for its hygiene or pleasant odor, Ditka should be fine.