Hail Mary

Hail Mary Sports Grill has closed.

M.P. KING, STATE JOURNAL

Hail Mary Sports Grill on East Washington Avenue has closed after eight months, with one of its owners citing building issues associated with the historic church where it was housed.

Caleb Percevecz and Danny Mijal opened the sports bar in May in the former Bellini Italian restaurant. They closed it Jan. 15 without any indication on the business' website, its Facebook page or even on the building's door.

"We have had ample issues with the building and we do not have (a) high enough volume of people coming in to continue to pay to update the seemingly dilapidated building," Percevecz said in a text message. "Part of the business is knowing when to call it quits."

The partners closed the bar and restaurant when they couldn't get the heat up past 45 degrees and a water pipe burst, Percevecz said.

Percevecz and Mijal are leasing the space from Pete Gargano, who closed Bellini Italian Restaurant late in 2016 after 17 years.

The men are attempting to negotiate terms to get out of their lease, and are looking for developers or other restaurateurs to take over the space at 401 E. Washington Ave. They are hoping to find someone who can put more money into it than they can, Percevecz said.

Meanwhile, they have the bar's 16 TVs in a storage unit until they can sell them.

Percevecz and Mijal took over the Tiki Shack on State Street in 2015, and troubles with that business which predated them made it harder to secure a liquor license for Hail Mary. They closed the Tiki Shack last summer.

"Right now we are just laying low looking for the next opportunity or idea," Percevecz said.

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