Blue Crew Sports Grill's future still uncertain, despite offer of help from Colts owner Jim Irsay

Owner $75K behind on rent

INDIANAPOLIS - A day after a generous offer from Colts owner Jim Irsay to help float the struggling Blue Crew Sports Grill, the future of the popular fan hangout is still uncertain.

Owner Randy Collins posted on a message on the restaurant/bar's Facebook page Thursday saying that he had fallen behind on rent at the 96th Street building and that he found he was locked out of the building Thursday morning.

Amid an uproar amongst Colts fans, Irsay posted a cryptic message on Twitter on Thursday night offering to help.

"Randy called me and said.'..Got mashed potatoes...can't get no T-Bone!!!..'..so I said we'll float that rent fer a little bit n keep rockin'," the post read.

Collins, who hasn't met with Irsay since the tweet, said he was impressed by the generous offer.

"(He's a) pretty good guy, he really is," Collins said. "I know he's the owner of the Colts, but he's a special person. He's helped a lot of people out. I'd say, 'Thank you very much.'"

But exactly how Irsay will help the Colts' fan haven still remains unclear.

The Blue Crew's woes began in 2011, when the Colts won just two games, Collins said, adding that while last season was fun, there were no huge crowds because Indianapolis played most of its games on Sunday afternoon instead of the primetime appearances they had made in years past.

Collins said he is currently $75,000 behind on the rent, which is $8,400 a month, with seven years left on the current lease.

Pete Ward, the Colts' chief operating officer, shared a statement from Irsay with RTV6 on Friday that read, "Randy Collins and the Blue Crew are salt-of-the-Earth Colts fans and diehard supporters. I hope to lend a hand to the Blue Crew Grill, if possible."

Collins said he is hopeful of a resurrection.

"I'm kind of numb right now. I love the place," he said. "Life goes on, with or without it, that's for sure. There are other things more important. I would sure like to make it to this Colts season."

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