John Daly would not seem a good investment bet, given his history with alcohol and gambling and his frequent instances of conduct unbecoming a professional that have marred his career.
As the British golf writer John Ballantine was once overheard saying, while dictating the lead to a story from the Tournament of Champions, “John Daly comma, whose foolishness and stupidity have cost him millions comma.”
Indeed. But he does remain wildly popular, hence the latest venture, John Daly’s, a steakhouse in Conway, Ark., “along Front Street, just north of Toad Suck Square,” Brandon Riddle of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette wrote.
Toad Suck Square, incidentally, took its name from Toad Suck, Ark., just west of Conway. There once was a tavern on the Arkansas River there where steamboat captains and crew gathered, and, according to legend, would “suck on the bottle ’til they swell up like toads.”
But we digress. Riddle reported that the plan is for a 4,500-square foot restaurant that will feature memorabilia from Daly’s career, as well as Daly’s steak recipe and the John Daly cocktail, basically is an Arnold Palmer with vodka.
The plan is to open John Daly’s steakhouses in 10 locations over five years, Riddle reported.
Daly, 49, grew up in Dardanelle, Ark., about 50 miles west of Conway, and attended the University of Arkansas. He is expected to join the Champions Tour when he turns 50 in April.