WEIRTON - Since it opened in March, Basil's Sports Bar and Grill has been offering Weirton residents the best of both worlds: Cold beer and classic grill food in a smoke-free, family atmosphere.
Owner Pete Basil Jr. is no rookie to the business. He formerly owned the Bulldog Pub and Eatery on Main Street in Follansbee, his hometown. After retiring, he and his wife, Cathy, decided to take on a sports bar.
"The whole family works here. Everyone employed here is family so far. So you can see we are very family-oriented," Basil said. "We've had an excellent reception from the community just from word-of-mouth alone. It's a very open, friendly, fun atmosphere. You come in as a fan, but you leave as a friend."
BASIL’S IN WEIRTON — Basil’s Sports Bar and Grill, specializing in good food and a friendly atmosphere, opened its doors for business on March 8. Inviting Weirton residents to the new business were, front, from left, Amelia and Dara Collopy, daughters of Julie DeStefano; and back, Cathy and Pete Basil Jr.; Pete Basil III and fiancee Errin Lawton; and Julie DeStefano, Basil Jr.’s niece. — Shae Dalrymple
Basil hopes the grill will become a staple for local youth teams and their parents to visit when celebrating victories or overcoming losses.
"Everything is homemade. We use a lot of old Italian recipes handed down by my mother, and we try to be creative with the food," Basil said. "Everything we serve here, I would serve at home."
The menu features a variety of options, including sandwiches, appetizers, wings, flatbread pizzas, salads, burgers, pasta and a kids' menu section. Penne is served with Basil's mother's sauce recipe, and other specialty sauces will be gracing the menu as well. Bread is delivered daily from Mancini's Bakery in McKee's Rocks, Pa.
"The burgers are handmade fresh," Basil noted.
The popular "Basil Burger" consists of two half-pound handmade patties blended with "Pete's own" seasonings and served on a kaiser roll with applewood smoked bacon and smothered with melted bleu cheese, and there's also a stuffed jalapeno burger for those who like it hot.
The new restaurant is located at 27 Marshalling Yard Drive, just across from the Brooke-Hancock County Veterans Memorial Park.
Basil's is open from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; 11: 30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays; and noon to 11 p.m. Saturdays. They are closed on Sundays. Evening hours will be extended during football season, and Basil plans to introduce lots of specials during the season. Basil's also offers carry-out for lunch.
"Our goal is to be around for a very long time," Basil said.