The new Brothers Bar & Grill opened at Eddy Street Commons this weekend, and given the success of the bar’s first few days of operation, company management said it expects greater success and popularity moving forward. Scott Severson, vice president of franchising and development, said the company could not be happier with the bar’s first weekend. “We were very happy with the weekend … I don’t think we’ve had a bigger or better opening than we’ve had in South Bend,” Severson said. “It was absolutely spectacular.” Despite some small challenges associated with opening weekend, Severson said customers seemed pleased with their experience. “The community has been incredibly welcoming to us,” Severson said. “I can’t tell you how many people came up to me … and said, ‘Thank you for coming to South Bend.’ … When we did run into service issues, everybody was incredibly patient and sympathetic and understanding.” Severson said the new location offers 80 different tap handles with 37 different types of beer. “What the students will see in our store in South Bend is a spectacular array of tap beers,” Severson said. “It is really the showcase of that store, and it is something we have gotten great feedback on.” The bar also does not plan to have a cover charge, Severson said. “It was a very, very simple business plan,” Severson said. “We wanted to offer our customers a really nice venue, and offer them food and beverage items that were competitively priced in the market.” The entire menu, with only a few exceptions, offers food made from scratch, Severson said. “At the end of the day, we are a bar that serves really good food,” Severson said. The venue, built in just three months, will be a model for future locations. “The food is great, the environment is great [and] it’s been very positive,” Severson said. “We’re very excited and very happy to be in the South Bend market.” Students who visited the bar over the weekend said they were pleased with their experiences. Senior John Heid said he was curious about Brothers before it opened a location in South Bend. “I heard good things about it at other schools,” Heid said, “but it was also close to campus, and I didn’t need to call a cab to get there.” Heid called Brothers a “pleasant change” from other local bars. “I love the Backer and Finny’s, but I don’t want to be standing in an inch of spilled beer every Friday and Saturday,” Heid said. “I think the centrally located bar was a great idea; everybody wasn’t crowding in the same place. The only problem I had with Brothers was that the dance floor was too small.” Senior Christina Kuklinski said she appreciated the lack of cover charge at the bar. “Brothers has the potential to offer something a little different than your typical South Bend bar,” Kuklinski said. “It’s a lot more laid back than other places, and it’s within walking distance, which is a definite advantage. It was nice to just go and talk with people and not be drowned out by music.” The environment at the bar was more relaxed earlier in the night, but became more busy and loud as everyone began to dance later at night, Kuklinski said. No cover charge was also a draw for senior Tony Dang. “Everywhere else in town has a cover on Saturday nights,” Dang said. “It was nice to just walk in.” Even during the first weekend, Dang said the bar was busy. “It was pretty lively, and they had good music going on,” he said. “What was interesting was that they have a lot of TVs in there, and they play the music videos to the songs they are playing, which is kind of cool. It reminded me of bars I’ve been to in Chicago … You haven’t seen that around here.” Dang said he visited a Brothers location in West Lafayette, Ind., when he visited the city for the Notre Dame football game against Purdue earlier this year. He said he hopes Brothers continues to attract students and develop a similar college-town feel. “That place was packed full of people,” Dang said. “That’s what makes it fun, when you can see a lot of people. Hopefully that’s going to be the case here as more people learn about the bar.”
Moments later, Norwich found themselves a man down in baffling circumstances after O’Neil opted to make a lunging tackle from behind on Afellay, despite the ball having already more or less run out of play in front of them down by the dugouts. The challenge absolutely clattered Afellay and left referee Neil Swarbrick with little option but to produce the red card for O’Neil. Walters looped a shot over the bar, then Arnautovic completely miss-kicked in a decent position as Stoke looked to make their man advantage count. And soon after the break it was that duo who fashioned the opener, Arnautovic whipping in a delightful cross that Walters tucked away with the visitors’ defence static. Things looked grim for Norwich, but the 10 men then shocked their hosts with a swift and emphatic response as Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe chested a Hoolahan cross down on the edge of the box and Howson lashed into the corner. Canaries boss Alex Neil looked eager to seize the moment as he sent Matt Jarvis and Nathan Redmond on not long after, but within only a few minutes of that, Stoke’s lead was restored, Sebastien Bassong’s attempt at a clearance only coming to Afellay, whose pass was slotted in coolly by Joselu. Bennett then inadvertently made the points safe for the opposition, nodding Afellay’s free-kick past Rudd, who did well late on to deny Stoke substitute Peter Crouch. TWEET OF THE MATCH “Not the result we wanted always up against it with 10 men big game sat another tough away game. Great travelling fans get home safe.” – Cameron Jerome thanks the travelling Norwich fans for their efforts after a disappointing defeat. PLAYER RATINGS Stoke Jack Butland: 6 Glen Johnson: 6 Ryan Shawcross: 6 Philipp Wollscheid: 6 Erik Pieters: 6 Glenn Whelan: 6 Ibrahim Afellay: 7 Jonathan Walters: 8 Bojan Krkic: 5 Marko Arnautovic: 8 Joselu: 8 Subs: Peter Odemwingie: 6 Marco van Ginkel: 6 Peter Crouch: 6 Norwich Declan Rudd: 6 Russell Martin: 6 Ryan Bennett: 6 Sebastien Bassong: 5 Robbie Brady: 6 Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe: 7 Gary O’Neil: 4 Jonny Howson: 7 Alexander Tettey: 6 Wes Hoolahan: 6 Dieumerci Mbokani: 6 Subs: Nathan Redmond: 5 Matt Jarvis: 5 Cameron Jerome: 5 STAR MAN Joselu. Marko Arnautovic and Jonathan Walters were also key performers, but certainly this was a fine display from the Spaniard on what was only his fourth Premier League start, and first since October. His neat goal was just reward for his efforts. MOMENT OF THE MATCH Jonny Howson’s goal. It was rendered meaningless in the end, but Norwich’s equaliser featured nice build-up and a wonderful finish from Howson. MOAN OF THE MATCH Gary O’Neil’s red card was a true moment of madness from the midfielder as he took down Ibrahim Afellay. It made an already tricky-looking task for his side all the more difficult – and was entirely unnecessary. VIEW FROM THE BENCH Mark Hughes will be delighted to see his Stoke side build upon their FA Cup win on Saturday, having not let the opportunity presented by the red card go to waste. Things are looking very promising for the Potters, with them now sat in seventh position. While Norwich boss Alex Neil will surely be livid at O’Neil for his sending-off, Ryan Bennett’s own-goal was more unfortunate than anything else – but ultimately, the Canaries were left to rue mistakes as they failed to extend the gap between them and the drop zone. WHO’S UP NEXT Stoke City v Arsenal (Barclays Premier League, January 17) Bournemouth v Norwich (Barclays Premier League, January 16) Norwich proved instrumental in their own downfall as they succumbed to a 3-1 Barclays Premier League defeat at Stoke. With the score at 0-0, the Canaries were reduced to 10 men in the 31st minute when Gary O’Neil was sent off for an utterly needless slide tackle on Ibrahim Afellay. After then falling behind to Jonathan Walters’ 49th-minute effort, Norwich did well to level six minutes later through a cracking Jonny Howson strike. But Stoke regained the lead via Joselu’s smart finish in the 67th minute, and the away side then shot themselves in the foot again as Ryan Bennett’s own-goal 12 minutes from time sealed victory for the hosts. Norwich remain five points clear of the relegation zone in 15th place, but will be disappointed with their efforts here after registering three wins in their previous four league fixtures. The Potters, meanwhile, now have three victories from four top-flight games themselves and are up to seventh. Stoke – with most of the players rested for Saturday’s FA Cup game back in their side, but not hamstring injury victim Xherdan Shaqiri – made a positive start to the contest. Marko Arnautovic brought a decent save out of Declan Rudd having received a fine lofted pass from Joselu, who was then just unable to finish on the stretch as the same Potters pair combined again. Howson sent Norwich’s first real effort into the stand, before both Walters and Joselu put the ball wide from Arnautovic tee-ups. The home side seemed in control, but they survived a scare when Wes Hoolahan collected the ball direct from a poor Jack Butland kick only to send it wide. Butland then quickly redeemed himself, pulling off a great diving stop to push away Bennett’s strike. Press Association
Follow Darian on Twitter @dariannourian24 No. 2 USC travels to Westwood on Thursday to take on crosstown rival UCLA, in what will be the team’s last regular season game of the year and a crucial Mountain Pacific Sports Federation matchup heading into the conference tournament.Too little · Senior utility man Mace Rapsey scored a team-high four goals against Stanford in USC’s 17-16 overtime loss to the Cardinal. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanThe Trojans (23-3, 5-2 MPSF) will be matching up with the No. 3-ranked Bruins (26-2, 6-1 MPSF) for the third time this year. This game, however, is of utmost importance because of MPSF tournament seeding implications.The Trojans currently trail their rivals by one game in the MPSF standings and a win against the Bruins would allow them to clinch at least the No. 3 seed of the conference tournament. In order for the Trojans to achieve a higher seed, Pacific or Stanford would have to lose their final matches this weekend.The Trojans have gotten the best of the Bruins in four of their last five matchups, but each of those games has been extremely close.The last time the teams had a match decided by more than one goal was when USC defeated UCLA 7-4 in the 2011 national title game.In their last epic clash, USC defeated the Bruins when junior driver Kostas Genidounias netted a goal to allow the Trojans to prevail 12-11 in overtime. At the time, the Bruins were the top-ranked team in the country after beating USC 9-8 earlier in the season to snap the Trojans’ 41-game winning streak.“We’ve played them twice already this season,” redshirt junior driver Zach Lucas said. “We know what they have, we know what their strengths are so we are just going to have to focus on that.”With so many recent losses to USC, UCLA will be especially motivated to clinch the season series at their home pool.“They’re definitely going to be after us,” senior two-meter Jeremy Davie said. “It’s going to be their senior day at home and they’re going to be going all out, so we are just going to have to match their intensity.”Last week, the Trojans split a pair of matches at home, losing to No. 4 Stanford on the team’s senior day 17-16 in overtime before bouncing back to defeat the No. 8 Long Beach State 10-8. USC had previously defeated both squads at neutral sites earlier this season.The team’s loss to the Cardinal was a heartbreaker, as Stanford struck at the final buzzer to prevail over the Trojans. USC is determined to prevent any more last-second defensive breakdowns.“We have to focus a lot more, improve on our defense and helping each other out,” Lucas said.The Bruins played the Cardinal twice this season, defeating them 10-5 at the SoCal tournament but losing 8-6 in MPSF play.UCLA is led by junior Paul Reynolds, who leads the team with 40 goals on the year. They have five total players who have 30 or more goals. Redshirt freshman Garrett Danner has made 217 total saves in goal in his 25 starts.The showdown in the pool is set to start at 7:30 p.m. and will be broadcasted nationally on ESPNU.