So, looks like Stoudemire’s Downtown – an upscale sports bar located near US Airways Center, but not actually owned by Amare Stoudemire, who just rented his name for licensing – is changing its name to Downtown Sports Grill. Here’s the official line, from azcentral.com:â†µ
Owner Bill Smith explains that, given the circumstances, it made financial sense for him to walk away from his naming partner and save a bundle in licensing fees. Except for the name change, the place is exactly as it was before: same ambiance, same menu, same chef-partner Michael Cairns.â†µ
I heard through the grapevine that there were some other possible new names in the running. The list included: Nowitzki’s Sausage Haus, Stoudemire’s South Beach Grill, and Downtown’s Cap Space For 2011 Eatery.