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Brothers hope for a slam-dunk with new sports pub, Scooter’s


Dylan Scott

Brothers J.M., left, and John, right, Pohorsky talk Arizona Cardinals on Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010, at their new sports bar, Scooter’s Pub, 6200 S. Rainbow Blvd.

Scooter's Pub

The bar inside Scooter's Pub, 6200 S. Rainbow Blvd., shown on Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010. Brothers John and J.M. Pohorsky opened Scooter's in September. Launch slideshow »

Map of Scooter's Pub

Scooter's Pub

6200 S. Rainbow Boulevard, Las Vegas

Beyond the Sun

Drawing on their passion for the gridiron, the hardwood and the cage, brothers John and J.M. Pohorsky have fashioned their recently opened business, Scooter's Pub, to be a sports bar for any kind of fan.

After starting their careers at casinos, the brothers -- “born and raised” in Las Vegas, John Pohorsky said -- decided to realize a plan they laid out in college. They quit their jobs and opened their own spot where good food and games of the day are what’s on tap.

Scooter's, named after a family cat from their childhood, opened in September, on Rainbow Boulevard north of the 215 Beltway. J.M. Pohorsky, 34, left The Orleans, and John Pohorsky, 31, quit his job at Red Rock Casino to pursue an idea they said began as a pipe dream during their years as students at UNR.

“We’re into sports,” said J.M. Pohorsky. It shows: The pub is set up to be a sports fan’s ideal watering hole: high-definition televisions are plastered across the walls. There are pool tables. There is even a full line-up of classic arcade games -- including, of course, "NBA Jam."

Although the brothers root for the NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers and the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals, they said Scooter's is intended to be a place for fans of any team. Inside the pub, logos from teams in every state hang on the walls.

The brothers also love Ultimate Fighting Championship, boxing matches and golf tournaments. On UFC fight nights, the pub offers free admission for those looking to watch the bouts.

“We’ve got something for everyone,” John Pohorsky said. “We support all teams.”

The brothers bought the empty building, vacated by a failed restaurant, in February. It had been in foreclosure. From there, they renovated and redesigned every square foot, trying to imagine what their vision of a perfect pub would be.

Starting their own business -- and one open 24 hours a day -- has proven to be challenging, they said, but both brothers quickly agreed that they were a good team for the task.

“Besides being brothers, we’ve always been good friends,” J.M. Pohorsky said.

“It’s all compromise,” John Pohorsky added. “You have to do what’s best for the business.”

Including, J.M. Pohorsky said, working with a solid kitchen staff. John Pohorsky said the menu isn’t filled with “your typical bar food.” Pastas, salads and breakfast dishes are some of his top recommendations.

Scooter's Pub is at 6200 S. Rainbow Blvd.

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