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Jillian's

A Jillian's "Player Card" used to play games.

Years active 1985 - 2018
Definition Entertainment/restaurant company
Located U. S. A.
Status Defunct

Jillian's was a restaurant and entertainment chain with locations in the United States and Canada, which was headquartered in Reno, Nevada.[1] No Jillian's location is open as of 2018.

History[]

Jillian's was founded in 1985 as a billiards club located in Boston, Massachusetts. The club was named after Jillian Foster, who is the spouse of the establishment's founder. The couple later founded the chain Lucky Strike Lanes. Within several years, the owners opened another branch in Seattle, Washington. By the early 1990s, it had become a competitor of Dave & Buster's, expanding its locations to include restaurants, video games, bowling alleys, nightclubs, and conference rooms. By 2000, there were roughly 30 locations in the U.S. and one in Montréal, Québec, Canada. In 2004, Jillian's Entertainment Holdings, Inc.[2] filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and arranged to sell its assets[3]. Nine of the Jillian's locations and the Jillian's tradename were sold to Dave & Buster's. At least some of these locations were eventually converted to operation under the Dave & Buster's name, and some were rebranded as "Dave & Buster's Grand Sports Cafe".[4] In 2009, Dave & Busters, which itself was going through the process of being sold from one venture capital firm to another, sold the rights to the name to Gemini Investors. That company later established JBC Entertainment Holdings, Inc.[5] to operate these locations.

Closings include the location at Neonopolis in downtown Las Vegas, Nevada (which closed in 2008 after also being used as a concert venue) and the location at Peabody Place in Memphis, Tennessee, which shut down in 2009, and the Jillians of Youngstown, Ohio at the Southern Park Mall was closed down on January 30, 2011, but for reasons unknown.[6] The location in Charlotte, North Carolina closed down in February, 2010.[7] The Cleveland Heights, Ohio location also closed on February 20, 2011 and was converted into Myxx, a tapas bar, by its owner.[8] The location in Seattle, WA closed in 2012. The location in Peoria, IL closed May 2013, and the location in Universal City, CA closed in January, 2016.

Known locations[]

Canada[]

Québec[]

Montréal[]

  • 2313 Ste-Catherine Street W.

United States[]

Arizona[]

Phoenix[]
  • 21001 N. Tatum Blvd.

California[]

San Francisco[]
  • Metreon Shopping Centre
  • 1000 Universal Studios Blvd.
Universal City[]
  • 175 4th Street

Georgia[]

Lawrenceville[]
  • 5900 Sugarloaf Pkwy.

Illinois[]

Peoria[]
  • 5201 W. War Memorial Dr.

Minnesota[]

Bloomington[]
  • Mall Of America

Nevada[]

Las Vegas[]
  • Neonopolis

New York[]

Farmingdale[]
  • 261 Airport Plaza Blvd

North Carolina[]

Charlotte[]
  • 200 E. Bland St.

Ohio[]

Cleveland Heights[]
  • 12459 Cedar Road
Youngstown[]
  • Southern Park Mall

Tennessee[]

Memphis[]
  • Peabody Place

Texas[]

Houston[]

Virginia[]

Chesapeake[]

  • Greenbrier Mall

Norfolk[]

  • 333 Waterside Drive

Washington[]

Seattle[]
  • 731 Westlake Ave. N

Trivia[]

  • The arcade games in the Jillian's' locations operated on prepaid "Player Cards" (see infobox photo) that could be inserted into games, with specialized ones being entered at a remote terminal.
  • The final remaining Jillian's before it closed was the one located at the Metreon Shopping Centre. It is unknown if it had any video or pinball games, as it stated on their web site that it had "billiards", which is assumed to be pool tables.

References[]

Links[]

Archived site of the last Jillian's before closing


This former chain was featured in December, 2016.

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