Our local sports stars have one thing in common: the inability to run a business 

In a town that worships men in powder-blue jerseys or helmets adorned with arrowheads, it comes as some surprise that sports stars haven't figured out how to sell us cars or serve us meals. The recent closing of Jared Allen's Sports Arena & Grill was the latest, if not the shortest-lived, in a string of pro-athlete-owned businesses to fail in Kansas City. Here's a guide to places that even the city's profound love for its sports teams couldn't save.

Marcus Allen

Marcus AllenMarcus Allen Broadway Ford

3401 Broadway

Opened: 1998

Closed: 2007

On-field credentials: Regular season and Super Bowl MVP awards

Why business made sense: A future Hall of Famer, Allen had experience in car sales (Marcus Allen's North Oak Toyota).

Why it couldn't last: Allen's retirement and lack of ties to the area; also, the mediocrity of Fords

What it is now: Vacant

Jared Allen

Jared AllenJared Allen's Sports Arena & Grill

700 Southwest Boulevard

Opened: March 2008

Closed: May 2008

On-field credentials: 2007 Pro Bowl and All-Pro selections

Why business made sense: Fans related to Allen's outgoing personality, mullet and alcohol issues.

Why it couldn't last: Namesake's incompatibility with Chiefs GM Carl Peterson; bar's "69" jokes too juvenile even for football fans

What it is now: Vacant

Tony Gonzalez

Tony GonzalesBaja Fresh Mexican Grill

Four franchise locations

Opened: 2002

Closed: 2005

On-field credentials: Best tight end ever

Why business made sense: Gonzalez became a partner in the operation during the Chiefs' exciting 13-3 season.

Why it couldn't last: Chain declined after being purchased by Wendy's and Gonzalez' discovery of low-meat diet

What it is now: The Ward Parkway location is now McAlister's Deli.

George Brett

George BrettGeorge Brett's Restaurant

210 West 47th Street

Opened: 2003

Closed: January 2008

On-field credentials: World Series champion; 13 All-Star selections; pine-tar freakout

Why business made sense: City's most celebrated athlete opened sports bar and restaurant in the city's most celebrated shopping district.

Why it couldn't last: Hit-and-miss menu; superior 810 Zone opened nearby in 2007.

What it is now: Brazilian steakhouse coming soon

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