To call Sean Avery a polarizing figure would be an understatement. Avery the hockey player draws the ire of opponents and fans like few others, but off the ice he’s a fashion icon and lauded for his stance on homophobia in hockey.

Avery can now add ‘restauranteur’ and ‘busboy’ to his resume. The NHL bad boy, along with New York Rangers teammate Henrik Lundqvist, has opened a new bar/restaurant called Tiny’s in Manhattan. Never one to shy away from attention, Mr. Avery has been spotted refilling water glasses and bussing tables at the new establishment.

Via Crain’s New York (subscription required):

The aptly named Tiny’s, at 135 West Broadway, opens for dinner this week. Mr. Avery, usually seen wielding a hockey stick, has lately been spotted clearing tables. “Some Swedish guys on vacation were shocked when I filled their water glasses,” said the Rangers forward, who now has time to hang around his joint every day. “I’m doing everything I can—except my chef doesn’t want me in the kitchen.”

Avery can usually be found all up in your kitchen, but that’s not the case at Tiny’s. This is Avery’s second venture into the world of restaurants as he opened a sports bar a couple of years ago. The super pest tells Crain’s that he has plans for more eating and drinking establishments, if all goes well: “I want to stay in the business. There is good money in it if the place is busy.”

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