SEVEN FIELDS — A restaurant named after former Pittsburgh Steelers great Hines Ward shut down abruptly last week.
According to a social media post on the pages for Hines Ward’s Table 86 and Vines Wine Bar on Route 228, the restaurant will be closed “indefinitely.”
“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 at this time pending resolution of these matters,” the post reads.
The post apologized for the inconvenience and thanked customers for their support. The same letter was posted on the restaurant’s doors March 11, and the doors were locked. People could be seen inside.
The restaurant opened in August 2015 and is co-owned by Ward and Howard Shiller, a restaurateur in Florida. Shiller could not be reached for comment last week and a voice mail box was full.
Shiller also separately operates restaurants affiliated with former NFL football players Jerome Bettis and Eddie George.
Ward spent 14 years as a member of the Steelers and was named MVP of Super Bowl XL. According to a previous Butler Eagle report, he said he wanted to be a part of the growth in southwestern Butler County, and believed the restaurant would fit in with the “rustic feel” and “sophistication” of the area.
The restaurant replaced the former SiBA Cucina and Bohem Bistro & Bar and created about 75 jobs.
Meanwhile, Shiller was recently issued a nontraffic citation from the Bureau of Collections & Taxpayer Services for doing business without a license.
According to the citation written Feb. 26, an officer observed the restaurant conducting sales without a valid license to make a sale of taxable items. The known liability is listed as $23,340.82, and the citation notes there is one non-filed return.
The range of the fine is listed as $300 to $1,500.