A new leisure option right next to Columbus Park should be up and running sometime this fall, as the ownership behind a displaced Hoboken business just won approvals for a recreational facility featuring golf simulators, ping pong, and a pool hall.
The venture comes from the ownership of Hoboken Golf, who worked out of 125 Grand Street for almost 15 years until the building was torn down in 2016 to make way for new development. Their latest endeavor brings them to 1012-22 Grand Street, an industrial property that was once home to the White Metal Manufacturing Company decades ago.
The property currently has artist studios and other small businesses inside, but the entire third floor of the half-block building will soon be renovated into the entertainment facility. Hoboken’s zoning board unanimously approved Hoboken Golf’s application on appeal on June 19, granting them a D-1 use variance that will allow the project to move forward. Owner Ian Rintel told Jersey Digs that he hopes to begin proper construction at the site in early July.
The space itself is around 15,000 square feet, which is almost three times the size of Hoboken Golf’s old location. It sports 11-foot ceilings and will be split into three separate but intertwined sections featuring six golf simulators, eight ping pong tables, and a dozen top-of-the-line Diamond pool tables. A 1,900-square-foot retail area will round out the renovation.
The redesign of the space was drawn up by Hoboken-based OLMK Architects and features room for an additional four golf simulators that could be added at a later date. Despite the myriad of recreation options, the new business won’t have a liquor license or serve any food on site.
Rintel says that when up and running, the venture will be opening around 11 a.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. on weekends, closing at around 10 p.m. every day. The as-yet-unnamed facility is aiming for an October debut.