Michael Wolfe feels right at home inside Cold Beers and Cheeseburgers. The manager of the sports bar/restaurant has lived in the West Valley since he moved to Arizona from Florida 18 months ago.
“I lived on the East Coast my whole life and came across this company. They were doing real good things,” Wolfe said. “So, I came out west.”
He now serves as manager of Cold Beers and Cheeseburgers’ newest West Valley location at Park West, 9828 W. Northern Ave., Suite 1700.
Wolfe has been in the restaurant business 28 years, he said, with many different companies: Hooters for 10 years; Ruby Tuesday’s six years; owned his own Spice Rack three years; and five years with TGI Friday’s.
Wolfe said, “We are a sports bar and burger place, but we try to please as many people as possible, offer a little bit for everybody.”
He said everything is fresh, not frozen. Everything is made in house.
“A lot of love, not just a regular sports bar,” Wolfe said.
It’s not all business for Wolfe, either. He said he and a friend, Greg White, co-founded Project Green in Knoxville, Tenn. Every business in Knoxville sells its waste to the University of Tennessee, which has it processed into bio-diesel fuel. Wolfe said all of the metro buses, and garbage trucks have to use that fuel.
Looking around his favorite spot at Cold Beers and Cheeseburgers, Wolfe said. “This has been my career.”
He said he was a guest speaker three years with the hospitality department at Florida International University. He graduated with an architectural engineering degree.
“I never used it a day in my life,” he said. “This is not just a job. It’s my life.”
Wolfe said he has had two days off since November 21.
“When you love what you do, it’s not just work,” he said.
“I don’t have a team,” Wolfe said. This is my family. These are the people I spend 14 hours a day with.”
Looking around the bar and restaurant, it is easy to understand why sports enthusiasts would be drawn inside: 35 flat-screen 55-inch HD TVs mounted overhead in every available space. That’s not including the two TVs in the men’s room.
But it is not just sports fanatics who choose to dine at Cold Beers and Cheese- burgers. Families are welcome as well.
The restaurant seats 265 inside and 65 on the east patio. Once the north patio is constructed, it will seat 120 and 15 more TVs will be mounted outside.
The burgers are half-pound hand- formed from fresh ground chuck and cooked to personal choice. There is also a gluten-free menu for allergy-sensitive diners.
Hours are 11 a.m. to midnight week- days; 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Happy Hour is 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. During Happy Hour, the All-American Burger with fries or chips is also sold at a reduced price.
To learn more about Cold Beers and Cheeseburgers, visit ColdBeers.com; Facebook Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers.