Royal Palms, the 18 lane shuffleboard bar that is slated to open next spring in Gowanus, is being met with some heavy opposition from the neighbors. A series of posters protesting the club have been hung along Union Street claiming that live music, a roof deck, and a full bar in the 17,000 square-foot warehouse will destroy an otherwise quiet residential block.
But owners Jonathan Schnapp and Ashley Albert insist that these complaints are unwarranted and that the purpose of the space has always been to play shuffleboard. "We want to be a place where everyone feels welcome," Schnapp tells the Carroll Gardens Patch. "We picture kids birthday parties during the day, shuffleboard leagues during weeknights."
Schnapp and Albert also make it clear that any live music will be in the vein of background jazz and Schnapp says, "the only reason why there will be liquor at all is to offset the cost of playing shuffleboard itself for the customers." Should be an interesting couple of months over in Gowanus.
·Royal Palms Shuffleboard Responds to Rumors and Detractors [CGP]