Tom Gross opened Legends 1291 Sports Bar back in February 1989, originally only offering only live music and drinks that pleased a late night crowd. Food was added in 1997, making it the go to place for burgers, pasta, chicken tenders and of course, ribs. Today, the pub is a Town Square icon and not only a late night favorite, but also a regular stop for families and visitors looking for a more casual atmosphere.
Gross, who was national director for Rod Laver’s tennis school in the 1970s, was in Europe writing for Tennis Magazine when Tom Corcoran, the visionary founder of Waterville Valley Resort, asked him to run the resort’s tennis center. An offer to run the pub followed and the rest is history.
“There’s something about going back to a special place year after year and seeing familiar faces,” Gross said, noting many of his staff are longtime employees and they greet customers by name. They also welcome families, whose children aren’t forced to sit still through dinner, as there are a variety of video games to help keep them entertained.
Diners can look forward to half price specials offered Mondays through Thursdays year-round (with the exception of vacation weeks), cold brews and all around good pub fare.