Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Restaurant, Wine Bar Named for Hines Ward Close Doors

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Restaurant, Wine Bar Named for Hines Ward Close Doors

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Two spots named for Hines Ward in Seven Fields - Table 86 and Vines Wine Bar - closed Monday after a four-year run, over a dispute among partners, co-owner Howard Shiller confirmed.

"I will, however, clearly state that this dispute does not in any way involve Hines Ward," he said in a press release.

He also states that Mr. Ward, a former Steelers receiver and a Super Bowl MVP, "has no ownership interest in or liability for the restaurant," Mr. Shiller wrote. "His ties to the restaurant lie in the use of his name."

Table 86 and Vines Wine Bar closed a few days after Mr. Ward's 43rd birthday. Mr. Shiller said the partners did not learn the restaurant would be closing until Sunday night through lawyers, who conveyed that negotiations to keep the partnership intact fell apart.

A note posted on the restaurant Facebook page on Monday read:"Due to extenuating circumstances and issues within the corporate entity that owns Tavern 86 and Vines Wine Bar, all restaurant operations will be suspended indefinitely."

The 200-seat restaurant opened in 2015 as Table 86 but changed to Tavern 86 along the way, according to Facebook. (The exterior restaurant sign that reads "Table 86" remained the same.) Sibling spot Vines Wine Bar was in the adjacent building, with seating for - you guessed it - 86 guests. Inspired by Napa Valley wine rooms, the wine bar offered a small plates menu and a selection of 86 wines.

Mr. Ward told the Post-Gazette when Table 86 opened that he wanted the restaurant to "create jobs here and create a spot where everybody can have a good time, have great food in a great ambiance. It's my way of saying thank you. I believe in the Black and Gold."

His table bore his jersey number and was situated in the center of the restaurant.

The opening menu from executive chef Scott Croyle featured about 40 dishes listed at various dollar amounts - and 86 cents - including Korean barbecue and mae oon shrimp (tossed with Korean barbecue sauce), in a nod to Mr. …

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