Ex-Steelers star Bettis’ restaurant opens on North Shore

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Former Pittsburgh Steelers star Jerome Bettis opened his new restaurant Tuesday with former and current Steelers to help him celebrate.

Jerome Bettis’ Grille 36, named after the number he wore as a running back for the Steelers, will open to the public Wednesday.

Tuesday’s guests included Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward, former Steelers Kordell Stewart and Mike Logan, Steelers President Art Rooney II and former Titans running back Eddie George.

The casual dining spot features a football-shaped bar, 56 flat-screen TVs and a 150-seat patio overlooking the city’s downtown. It is located in the Del Monte Building, an office complex a few hundred yards from Heinz Field.

The eatery is across the street from where Three Rivers Stadium once stood. Bettis played the first five years of his 10 seasons with the Steelers at the stadium, which was demolished in 2001.

Bettis is partnering with Celebrity Ventures Inc., of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on the restaurant.