Despite atmosphere, Sports Grille not quite a hit


June 12, 2008|By Karen Nitkin | Karen Nitkin,Special to the Sun

Despite its high-visibility location in a Howard County village center, across from the Columbia Gym, the spot occupied by the River Hill Sports Grille has seen several restaurants come and go, including Bill Bateman's Bistro and the Luna-C Grille.

Maybe the River Hill Sports Grille, which opened in September, has hit on the winning combination -- plenty of televisions and a nothing-but-highlights menu. On a recent Saturday night, the restaurant was busy enough. Some tables were occupied by teens and young adults, others by families with young children. The decor is basic to the point of feeling haphazard. Wooden booths and simple tables are placed so that everyone has a view of a television, and artwork is limited to items with sports themes. Even so, the arrangement is not quite right. A line of televisions close to the ceiling means that viewers have to strain their necks to watch the games.

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