As you may know by now, we're pretty excited about shuffleboard around here, and soon after we declared our love of the game, we were given the scoop that a genuine shuffleboard club would be opening in Brooklyn next year. At the time we withheld some information about the club until details got firmed up (and also because we didn't want our heart rate to get too high) but now we can pass along a whole lot more, including the name of your new favorite club: The Royal Palms. And here is more exclusive info direct from co-founder Jonathan Schnapp:
The Royal Palms is the world's first shuffleboard night club. Sipping a frothy Key Lime Fizz, swaying to the back porch sounds from the house band; our visitor grabs his vintage shuffleboard biscuits and tangs and is instantly transported to the sexy, festive, sun-drenched world of 1970’s Palm Beach. Housed in a 1919 Printing Press in the burgeoning Gowanus neighborhood of Brooklyn, The Royal Palms will boast 18 shuffleboard courts (12 full-size, regulation shuffleboard courts downstairs and another 6 courts in the proposed “Lido Deck” outdoor space upstairs) spread over 32,000 square feet of citrus drenched indoor and outdoor space. Even at full capacity it will offer visitors a leisurely year-round retreat rarely found in the dark, cramped venues of New York City.
For food, they plan to have a constant rotation of high-profile food trucks and guest chefs to drive directly into the space and offer their artisanal specialties on a short-term basis. They're also working on specialty cocktails, including spiked snowcones, and plan to host bingo nights, live music (think 1950s barbershop quartets), and occasionally old episodes of The Love Boat will be broadcast on a big screen.
Right now they're still working out lease details, but tell us they're aiming at a "modern leisure, vintage fun" vibe to go along with their laid back 1970s Florida feel once they open next Spring. And when they do open, their court rental fees will be about half the price of bowling around these parts—with fees ranging anywhere from $30 an hour per court on weekend evenings to $10 during daytime hours for seniors and children.
At press time, we're ordering lots of seersucker and pastels and mass-emailing our friends about starting a team, because there will be league nights.
Potential investors, get in touch with Schnapp at firstname.lastname@example.org