NBC Sports Grill Brew Replacing NASCAR at Universal CityWalk

NBC Sports Grill Brew
The new NBC Sports Grill Brew is bound for the site of Universal CityWalk’s former NASCAR restaurant. (Photos by Seth Kubersky)

Since late last year, the entire theme park community (ok, just Derek Burgan) has been mourning the closure of the NASCAR Sports Grille, and eagerly awaiting news of what’s next for the former restaurant’s prominent footprint along the promenade of Universal Orlando‘s CityWalk. After months of watching NASCAR’s slow-motion demolition, we finally have evidence confirming rumors that an NBC Sports themed restaurant would be the new replacement. User “CatCatCat” on the OrlandoUnited.com forums was the first to share a new State of Florida business license filing that lists “NBC Sports Grill Brew” as the new eatery’s name.

Don’t panic if that name sounds a little clunky; this is simply a “DBA” designation and not necessarily the final name the restaurant will be known by. But it does ratify rumors that the venue will integrate a sports bar with Universal Orlando’s first on-site brewery, presumably serving exclusive beers.

Here are a couple recent construction photos, showing the large metal frame being constructed for the new restaurant’s facade. As ever with Universal, there is no official confirmation of the project’s existence as of yet, much less an expected opening date.

 

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Seth Kubersky

Author of The Unofficial Guide to Universal Orlando. Co-author of The Unofficial Guide to Disneyland and Beyond Disney. Contributor to Unofficial Guides to WDW and Las Vegas. Live Active Cultures columnist for the Orlando Weekly. Travel and arts journalist. Theatrical director and producer.