The Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club debuts in Gowanus
The behemoth game hall brings competition-size courts and Florida-themed drinks to Brooklyn.
Fri Jan 24 2014
Photograph: Virginia Rollison
The Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club
In the grand tradition of old-folks hobbies turned ironic cool-kid pastimes, this Gowanus game hall centers on that Florida-geriatric favorite, shuffleboard. Inspired by childhood visits to West Palm Beach, Jonathan Schnapp has rigged his 17,000-square-foot clubhouse with striped cabanas, retro lawn chairs and ten regulation-size courts. While broom meets biscuit on the aqua-hued decks, a duo of bars dole out umbrella drinks named for Sunshine State shuffleboard “luminaries” (er, right): The Christine Page—for the president of the St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club—mixes rum, Luxardo cherries, grapefruit and lime juices. Game-time grub comes courtesy of a daily-changing cast of local food trucks, parked in an adjacent loading dock: Mexicue, Crif Dogs, Morris Grilled Cheese and Mexico Blvd are all on the docket. 514 Union St between Nevins St and Third Ave, Gowanus, Brooklyn (347-233-4410)