One of the biggest Bills fan in First Niagara Center this week has been doing the color commentary for the Westwood One radio network. Kevin Grevey, who played in the NBA for the Washington Bullets, has a good reason to root for the Bills: It's good for business.
You see, Grevey owns the top Bills bar in the Washington, D.C. area. "Grevey's Restaurant and Sports Bar," which is located in the northern Virginia suburb of Fairfax, has been a meeting spot for transplanted Bills fans on NFL Sundays for about a quarter of a century.
Grevey said he got the idea to feature the Bills from his restaurant manager, Roger Clark, a native of Dunkirk.
"I opened my restaurant in '87 and was trying to become a sports bar," Grevey said Saturday before the start of the Syracuse-Dayton game. "There weren't a lot of sports bars back then. We had a big dish satellite. Our first go was the Cincinnati Bengals and it flopped. Then Roger said, 'All right, it's my turn. I'm going to do the Bills.'
"He said 'I can get 50 peeople here from upstate New York, no problem. We'll do beef on wecks, bring in Buffalo lager and the Sunday morning newspaper'. And we did. We made people feel like they were in Buffalo those four hours watching the game. And it caught fire.
"The Bills went to four Super Bowls in a row and we became known as a Bills bar in our area," Grevey said. "That was the first recognition I got in the restaurant business."
Grevey, who was in the legendary Adolph Rupp's last freshman class at Kentucky, played 10 years in the NBA for the Bullets and Bucks. He was a starting guard on the Bullets' 1978 NBA championship team. Veteran Buffalo hoop fans will remember him playing against the Braves back in the old Aud. He does, too.
"It was a wonderful rivalry," he said. "I remember Elvin Hayes and Bob McAdoo fighting it out for the scoring championship. I remember Cotton Fitzsimmons when I was a rookie, he took us out
to dinner in town. We had good times here in Buffalo. It was a lot of fun, it really was."