The 10,000-sq.-ft. Becks Prime location in the Sears wing of the Memorial City Mall — dubbed the Sportatorium on account of its 30 big-screen teevees showing major league sporting events, video game room, and conference room — shut down for good on Saturday. The location had been open since 2008, when the local hamburger chain was substituted late in the game for a venture originally planned to feature Roger Clemens, back in the days when the former Astros, Yankees, and Red Sox player was best known for his standout pitching.
Signage, screens, and furniture for Roger Clemens’ Rocket Sports Grill had already gone in at the Gessner-facing section of the mall before Clemens was sent to the showers, one third of the lease space was lopped off, and Becks Prime moved in for 6 years or relief work. The fall of Clemens’s restaurant venture coincided with the decline of his reputation: He spent much of 2008 denying that he had used steroids or other performance-enhancing drugs in his professional career, and later that year began his much-scrutinized testimony before Congress.
Eleven other Becks Prime locations are still open in the Houston area.
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Photo: Becks Prime