Sluggo’s, the downtown Pensacola vegan restaurant, bar, and performance space, will close its doors this weekend and reopen in a new location, the venue’s owner announced Friday.
“It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I have to announce the final weekend of Sluggo’s on Jefferson Street,” owner Terry Johnson posted on social media.
“A long battle with the landlord over power in the building, combined with Mr. Studer’s monument to the ‘new face of downtown’ being built across the street and all the construction completely cutting us off, equals us finding a new home,” Johnson wrote, referring to Quint and Rishy Studer’s $50 million mixed use development currently under construction across the street.
“Look for the new Sluggo’s coming soon just a little closer to the outskirts of downtown,” she added.
The new location marks the restaurant’s eighth move, Johnson said. Sluggo’s has occupied several different buildings throughout Pensacola since opening as Victor Hugo’s at 101 South Jefferson Street in 1988. The venue moved back into the Jefferson Street building in 2010 after relocating from West Cervantes Street in Brownsville. Johnson opened a second “Sluggo’s North” location in Chattanooga in 2009.
“So, come join us all weekend,” Johnson wrote. “Say goodbye to this space and see ya later to this awesome crew of folks who have held this place together for our 6.5 years here.”