Once upon a time, shuffleboard was a royal pastime played by the likes of King Henry VIII, who prohibited lowly commoners from competing out of fear that they'd show him up.
(Kind of like you with beer pong, now that we think about it.)
But then shuffleboard was usurped by old people on cruise ships, and the whole regal majesty of the sport got swapped out for goblets of prune juice, walkers, and Depends. A little stale.
At long last, the Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club is about change that perception forever.
You might remember hearing about Royal Palms when it handily reached its Kickstarter funding goal
in less than three days last year. Now, the 17,000-square-foot Gowanus space
is about to officially open, bringing just a hint of Grandma's Florida bungalow style with it.
There are 10 competition-sized, indoor courts. There are potted palms and lawn furniture. There are tropical drinks with rye and coconut water and those little paper umbrellas.
There is a food truck bay with a revolving lineup of some of the city's best mobile eats. For a recent soft-opening preview, Morris Grilled Cheese, Phil's Steaks, and Crif Dogs showed up.
The one thing Royal Palms won't have? Prune juice.
Unless it's in a cocktail, that is.