If real estate is all about location then Overtime Sports Bar and Grill shoots and scores. Here are two of Sudbury’s favourites. Both are along major corridors. Easy to find, with lots of parking they are right there when you need them.
Owners Attilio Langella and John Law are not afraid to take that chance or try something new. They definitely subscribe to this Wayne Gretzky philosophy: “Only one thing is ever guaranteed: that is that you will definitely not achieve the goal if you don’t take the shot.”
This is Langella’s first restaurant venture, and Law brings years of experience to the game.
The establishment on Notre Dame – directly across from Pioneer Manor – has, over the years, hosted Cranky Joe's, On the Rocks, Gilmours and Black Jacks. It’s always been a great place to go to when you are thirsty.
What actually is Overtime? There was a prominent sign on the exterior of the Notre Dame site that proclaimed “Kids Eat Free!” Well, that sends a different message: it isn’t a pub.
“It is a restaurant-bar,” Langella said, who is happy to once again be able to welcome customers.
“It feels really good to be open. Customers are saying they were going crazy staying indoors … forgetting how great it is to get out.”
Inviting a friend whose business is close by there was an opportunity to sample more items. What is the menu like? It is an eclectic mix of appetizers and gourmet dishes, such as the Goat Cheese Pesto Chicken and the Eggplant Parmesan. It is all homemade food.
Are there crowd pleasing top choices? Best dishes?
“Burgers, pastas and wings are the fan favourites at Overtime,” Langella said.
It was refreshing to be offered something other than french fries as an accompaniment: the housemade fresh kettle chips are snappy and crisp.
“If customers that are looking for a great homemade meal brought to them in a timely fashion by a friendly face (currently smiling eyes shine over the masks) in a fun atmosphere, this is the place to be. Especially at lunch! Professional people who want a quality meal fast for their busy on-the-go lifestyles while enjoying the fun yet casual atmosphere find this a good fit.”
Under normal circumstances evenings and pre- and post-game these were busy places. Langella likes hockey and is a huge supporter of the Wolves.
“Being a sports bar, it is a great partnership and our target market is who we are. It is important to support local hockey and our sponsorship opportunity with the Wolves made sense with the vision of the Overtime brand.
“Wayne Gretzky said ‘I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been,’ and we have been forward thinking about trends and patterns. Overtime is a well-thought-out plan of a sports bar with an appropriate name,” Langella said.
During COVID-19, they sure missed doing what they are all about: being a place that served regulars and new guests (so soon to be future regulars).
“At the beginning of COVID, it was take-out and delivery services, but now with the return of dine-in, yes, there is a bar ... it is a big draw for customers. It is a unique square bar where guests' can interact/engage and be visible to each other all around to socialize. Of course we take the safety precautions and follow guidelines set out from our health unit.”
Reasonably priced Lunch Express items include Cobb salad and eggplant parmesan sandwich (on rosemary foccacia). There are many appetizers for sharing including Olympic rings, lemon cajun calamari, deep fried pickles, perogies and blast from the past mushroom caps. If you can’t decide on one selection go for the platter.
Ribs, burgers, wings plus dinner plates such as fajitas, maple dijon-glazed salmon, plus poutine, pasta and pizza … and one of my personal go-to items: the golden beet salad. There really is something for every fan at Overtime whether on a TV screen or on a plate.
Overtime Sports Bar and Grill
941 Notre Dame Ave., Sudbury, and 3702-Hwy 144, Chelmsford
Notre Dame location: 705-470-3336
Chelmsford location: 705-590-5500
Open: Seven days a week, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Hugh Kruzel is a committed foodie and a freelance writer in Greater Sudbury. Let’s Eat is made possible by our Community Leaders Program. Are you an advertiser? Learn more about our Community Leaders Program here