Coaches Burger Bar in Austintown Gets New Look

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio – Coaches Burger Bar in Austintown has reopened with a new sports bar design, a separate family dining room, a new meeting room and a relocated patio.

The four-month renovation project cost “well over $100,000,” said Stacy Howlett, who co-owns the Coaches chain with her husband, Patrick. It features a new color scheme with distinctive high-top tables and booths. The bar, which was once tucked away at the rear of the main dining room, now juts forward into the seating area and ties everything together.

At least two dozen large televisions line the walls, showing sporting events.

The centerpiece is a four-sided television cube reminiscent of the scoreboards over center court or center ice at professional basketball and hockey arenas. It hangs from the ceiling over the sports bar seating area.

Howlett is particularly pleased with the new party room, which gets a lot of use by organizations for meetings.

“We’ve always had a party room, but it wasn’t conducive because of its shape,” she said.

“The new party room is where the bar used to be. It holds 45 people and we’re putting in television monitors and projectors that you can hook up to a computer for slide shows.”

The entrance has also been moved. As patrons walk in, they now find themselves in a small hostess area, with the sports bar and patio to the left and the family dining room to the right.

The Coaches chain has six sports bar-restaurants but not all of them have the new look and layout.
“This is our updated look,” Howlett said. “Our newer locations in Calcutta and North Canton already look like this aesthetically, with the furniture and the colors.”

The Howletts opened the Austintown location – which is in Weston Plaza shopping center at the intersection of Mahoning Avenue and state Route 46 – in 2018 but could not give it the full treatment until now.

“We turned it around as fast as we could at the time,” Howlett said. “Then we found ourselves in a better position and had the finances to reinvest in it.”

To go along with the new look, the Austintown Coaches has some new sandwiches on its menu, plus street tacos and quesadillas.

But the burger remains No. 1.

“We still stand behind our signature burgers,” Howlett said. “We have a blend [of meat] custom-made for us by a butcher in Cleveland delivered fresh twice a week.”

The chain is also known for its fresh-cut fries and its premium milkshakes.

The Austintown Coaches Burger Bar has 35 employees. It is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.

In addition to North Canton and Calcutta, the chain also has locations in Poland, Salem and St. Clairsville.

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