Round Table plans Corvallis sports pub

A family-oriented sports bar will go into the space vacated by last August’s closing of the Ruby Tuesday restaurant at 1895 NW Ninth St. in Corvallis.

Round Table Pizza plans to remodel the 6,000-square-foot space for a Round Table Clubhouse, a new concept launched in 2015 by the Concord, California-based pizza chain.

In addition to the company’s usual pizza lineup, Clubhouse restaurants feature an expanded menu with burgers, house-cut potato chips, nine flavors of chicken wings and other pub fare such as mozzarella stick and jalapeno poppers.

They also have a sports lounge with big-screen TVs and local craft beers on tap, banquet rooms for group events and a “redemption arcade” where players win tickets that can be redeemed for prizes.

“We’ve got 25 of these Clubhouse restaurants up and operating, with a large percentage of them being in the Pacific Northwest,” said John Dyer, Round Table’s director of franchise sales and business development. “We plan to have 30 open by the end of the year.”

Dyer said the Clubhouse sports pubs have been very successful for the company, mainly because they offer something for every member of the family.

“Very few concepts are still providing that family place to gather,” he said. “Dad can get a beer, Mom can get a nice glass of wine and the kids can go play games.”

In several cases, Vice President Gregg Fleury said, Round Table has been able to take advantage of opportunities created when other chains have shut down locations, as Ruby Tuesday did with its Corvallis store.

“We’ve been able to convert these restaurants that have gone out of business,” he said. “We’ve done that in Newberg, we’ve done it in Camas (Washington) and we’ve done it in Bend.”

The company hopes to start work on remodeling the Corvallis space by the end of next month, Fleury said, with a target opening date in September or October.

Philgood Contractors of Redmond is the general contractor on the project, which is expected to cost in the $600,000-$700,000 range. The restaurant will employ about 40 people.

Fleury said Round Table likes the demographics of the Corvallis market, and he predicted the new Clubhouse sports bar would be a hit with local residents.

“People in Corvallis have never been exposed to Round Table pizza,” he pointed out. “Maybe I’m biased, but I think our pizza is absolutely fantastic.”

Founded in 1959, Round Table Pizza has about 450 restaurants in seven Western states.

Reporter Bennett Hall can be reached at 541-758-9529 or bennett.hall@lee.net. Follow him on Twitter at @bennetthallgt.

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