"The home of hometown heroes"

By Mike Hastings

There is a new place for Bellevue residents to go enjoy watching sporting events on television and live entertainment on stage.  It’s called the Red Line Bar & Grille, located on Belle Forest Circle.  Though the location is familiar, the atmosphere is fresh and new.

Bobby Simmen, a long-time club owner from Chicago, has teamed up with local CPA Bob Ribe and has given new life to the site of the former Throwbacks and Bellevue Cafe.

Simmen, or Bobby S as his friends and customers call him, knew exactly what he wanted to do to breathe new life into the old bar.

“We want to offer exceptional food that goes with exceptional entertainment,” Booby S said.

“I wanted to make the food enjoyable and something a little special for the neighborhood,”  Bobby said.

“And I wanted to raise our game and offer specials I haven’t seen around here,” he said.

The food has a distinct Chicago flair. 

“I bring in Italian beef from Solaris Deli in Chicago, along with homemade meat balls with heavy red gravy,” Bobby said.

The Italian beef is served with Italian Giardinier.   “That’s a good sandwich,” he says.

There is also favorites like wings, sliders, chicken, pulled pork and gourmet burgers.

“I missed that great food from home so I wanted to bring it here,” Bobby S said.

As far as the great entertainment, Simmen has signed terrific acts, like Robby Turner, a steel guitar legend who played with Waylon Jennings for more than 15 years.  He kicked things off last Friday to a full house.

Also appearing will be The All-Star Band of BB King’s fame, Michele Poe who played bass with Dierks Bently and Hank Williams Jr and other top Nashville bands.

“We will have live acts on Friday and Saturday,” Bobby said.

Other special nights, like Poker Mondays and Trivia Sundays will also be featured.

For fun and games, the Red Line offers a brand new first-class dart section, and a vintage shuffle board that dates back to the 40’s, as well as standards Golden Tee and Silver Strike Bowling video games.

“We have two rules,” Bobby S says.  “Have fun and be nice!”

Sounds easy enough.  Check out the great food and friendly environment at the Red Line for yourself.  I have and can tell you it’s a great new addition to our city.

Red Line Mixes Sports With a Chicago Flair