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Commentary: Livin' in Liverpool August 11

A shark tank adorns new Route 57 sports bar

Over the years, the restaurant at 7240 Oswego Road has been known by several different names -- Hooligan's Sports Grille, Tournedos American Restaurant and Tonino's Trattoria -- to mention a few.

After a lengthy dormancy, the multi-faceted nightclub re-opens Thursday, Aug. 19, as Sharkey's Eclectic Sports Lounge. It's owned by Christopher Moreland of McKenzie Realty LLC. Moreland offered a sneak-preview of his new place to Liverpool Chamber of Commerce Director Lucretia Hudzinski, who came away duly impressed.

"This is a sports bar like no other," Lucretia said last week. "It's environmentally well thought out. The fixtures, including the bamboo floor, are high-end The menu is top-shelf and so is the chef. Also, if you are a bar-leaner, there will be lots of space for many to hang out. I've seen it with my own eyes!"

From the big outdoor deck out back, you can watch golfers touring the Liverpool Country Club links. Sharkey's boasts two basement dance floors, newly decorated banquet rooms, dart boards, high-definition TVs and a massive outdoor volleyball court overseen by Jim Nichols.

And get this: the place is decorated with a salt-water shark tank! Now that even out-does the live iguana at Limp Lizard Bar & Grille.

Hobin Band plays Aug. 19

Sharkey's celebrates a grand opening at 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 19, with its first-ever Sharkapalooza, a free concert featuring the Original Todd Hobin Band.

"It's a freaking free concert," exclaimed bandleader Todd Hobin, "and they're not pumping up the prices on concessions, beer, food or anything! It sounds like this is going to be a very cool place, very exciting."

The Original Todd Hobin Band features guitarists Todd Hobin, Doug Moncrief and Bruce Fowler, plus Todd's brother, Shawn Hobin, on drums and son, Brett Hobin, on bass.

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