TJ’s Sports Bar and Grill permanently closes in Roswell after 30 years

The exterior of TJ's Sports Bar and Grill.

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The exterior of TJ's Sports Bar and Grill.

A longtime Roswell sports bar has closed its doors.

TJ's Sports Bar and Grill, located at 2880 Holcomb Bridge Road, closed earlier this month after 30 years. General manager and co-owner Mark Ecclestone confirmed the closure on neighborhood social networking site Nextdoor and to the AJC. Ecclestone's father, Timothy, opened the bar in 1990.

“On behalf of my family and staff, thank you for your wonderful support over the past 30 years,” the post read in part. “The memories and friendship will last a lifetime.”

Ecclestone said the bar’s lease expired on March 20, the same day that Roswell ordered all non-essential businesses to close. He said they received a 30-day extension, but after that failed to come to an agreement on an extended lease with the property’s landlord.

Ecclestone said he and his father haven’t ruled out reopening TJ’s at another location in the future.

“I think if the right location became available, my dad would be interested in giving it one more go,” he said.

Before opening TJ’s Sports Bar, Timothy Ecclestone owned Timothy John’s bar in Sandy Springs and was a forward for the former Atlanta Flames hockey team. TJ’s was host to hockey notables Gordie Howe, Bobby Hull and Bobby Clarke when the NHL All-Star game was held in Atlanta in 2008.

Mark Ecclestone also owns Stone's Cuisine and Cocktails in Johns Creek, which reopened for curbside pickup and carryout earlier this month and dine-in service May 26 after being closed since mid-March.

He said TJ’s wings have been added as a takeout option at Stone’s, and sold out within two hours the first time they were offered.


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