THE SPORTS BETTING FUTURE IS NOW AS BANKROLL OPENS ON FRIDAY!

By Peter Gleason

“The future is now.”

That memorable line was first uttered by Redskins coach George Allen in 1970.

In essence, Allen was saying, future draft picks are meaningless.

Watch what we have on the roster now.

It took him as far as playing in the Super Bowl, losing to the undefeated Dolphins in 1973.

Fast forward 50 years.

And a new sports bar/betting parlor/cultural hot spot is opening Friday, March 3, on Rittenhouse Square.

Bankroll, a mobile sports betting parlor restaurant, will open in the former home of the Boyd Theatre on Chestnut St. just west of 19th.

Bakroll’s concept is clear:

To provide a luxury viewing experience that you can’t get at standing room only sports bars, CEO Padma Rao told the Philly Business Journal.

“We want a place for you to go and you feel comfortable in an environment that’s like, you’re not bumping into each other, somebody is not spilling a beer on you, you’re not standing in a line,” Rao said.

“You can sign up to be in a situation where you are sheltered from all that but still having the viewing experience that you want.”

Bankroll encompasses 13,000 square feet of the 1920s art deco-style theater space at 1910 Chestnut St. and the shuttered Gap Outlet at 1912-1918 Chestnut St. in Rittenhouse Square.

The buildings are owned by Pearl Properties.

Across its six open, semi-private and private rooms, Bankroll venue sits between 350 and 400 people. It currently has around 160 workers but will employ upwards of 300 at full capacity, Rao estimates.

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