Jacksonville’s first table tennis-themed sports bar and restaurant closes – News – The Florida Times-Union

Smash, which billed itself as Jacksonville’s solely ping pong-themed sports activities bar and restaurant, abruptly closed Sunday.

Smash, the primary table tennis-themed sports activities bar and restaurant in Jacksonville abruptly closed Sunday.

The enterprise introduced the closure in an open letter posted on its web site and Fb.

“Expensive Jacksonville, it’s with heavy hearts we should announce that as of Sunday, February 23rd 2020, SMASH Sports activities Bar & Restaurant will now not be open for enterprise,” the announcement learn.

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The house owners couldn’t be reached for remark Sunday.

In its goodbye message, Smash thanked its prospects, workers, supporters and “the varied charities and native companies that selected to companion with us commonly. We cherish your help and the nice reminiscences made collectively.”

Smash opened in November 2018 within the Baymeadows Junction procuring heart at Baymeadows Street and Philips Freeway within the former Pure nightclub.

It claimed to be the one ping pong targeted sports activities bar and restaurant in Jacksonville.

About three-quarters of the Southside institution was dedicated to table tennis, and to a lesser diploma table video games like Jenga and backgammon, wrote Jay Magee in a March 2019 review for the Instances-Union.

The Smash menu featured American sports activities bar-style fare, together with shareable appetizers, sandwiches, burgers, soups, salads, rooster wings, flatbreads and aspect dishes.

The sports activities bar praised Jacksonville within the closure announcement.

“We love Jacksonville and couldn’t be extra proud to have been part of such a brave and thriving neighborhood. So take it simple, preserve smashing, and preserve supporting native companies!” Smash mentioned in its goodbye.

Teresa Stepzinski: (904) 359-4075