Majerle’s Sports Grill specializes in consistency, offering quality food, atmosphere

Majerle's Sports Grill is known for its good food and even better customer service. (Alexa D'Angelo/Community Impact Newspaper)
Majerle's Sports Grill is known for its good food and even better customer service. (Alexa D'Angelo/Community Impact Newspaper)

Majerle's Sports Grill is known for its good food and even better customer service. (Alexa D'Angelo/Community Impact Newspaper)

Dan Majerle first opened Majerle’s Sports Grill in downtown Phoenix in December 1992 at the height of his career in the NBA with the Phoenix Suns. When he opened the sports bar and grill, his younger brother Jeff Majerle took a job as a doorman. Now, Jeff runs the Chandler location of Majerle’s Sports Grill.

“I knew nothing, and my brother wasn’t going to put me in a position where I was in charge of anything,” Jeff said. “So I had to work and learn the business and work my way up, which was great experience.”

He said he left to play basketball for a while then returned to the family business where he was a bartender, the bar manager and then in a management position.

Majerle’s Sports Grill first opened in Chandler in November 2007. Located at the main entrance of Chandler Fashion Center, Jeff said the proximity to the mall has caused the restaurant to see steady traffic in its time.

“The mall can be a challenge in itself, especially with more people shopping online,” he said. “But from what I hear the mall is doing well, and it’s benefiting all the restaurants and businesses around here.”

Majerle’s menu offers an array of appetizers; pizzas; burgers; sandwiches; and entrees such as tacos and southwest chicken pasta. The eatery also has screens everywhere to catch up on the latest game. But, Jeff said, the nature of sports bars has changed a lot since his brother first opened the business downtown nearly 30 years ago.

“For example, March Madness, I remember you could only get a couple of channels so you had to go to a bar, a sports bar, to watch the games,” he said. “But now, you can watch these games with the technology at home. It’s a big difference from back in the day when we opened.”

Jeff said since people can really go anywhere to catch a game, including their own home, it is important that the atmosphere at the sports grill is welcoming.

“It’s very, very important that your staff is on point and friendly and you have a comfortable atmosphere and serve great food and are consistent,” he said. “That’s the key: consistency.”


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