(Shark Club / Facebook)

Just as a new sports bar announces their opening date in Victoria, another said they were temporarily closing their doors.

Shark Club, a staple in the Victoria area since 1993 in the Sandman Hotel on Douglas Street, took to Instagram Friday afternoon to announce they would be closing their doors temporarily, starting on June 16th.

“Due to unforeseen circumstances, we are saddened to announce that we will be temporarily closing our Shark Club Victoria location as of Thursday, June 16th.”

“We will continue to notify and update all of our guests via our social media channels and website as we look forward to re-opening our doors by September 2022 or sooner.”

The Shark Club has been a mainstay for decades for those looking to catch a Pay Per View event or major sporting event on TV.

It was also a popular spot for those grabbing a bite to eat before heading to a local sports game such as the Victoria Royals.

Victoria Buzz has reached out to the Shark Club for more information on the closure.

The announcement comes just days after the Canadian Brewhouse officially confirmed their opening day at Uptown Shopping Centre would be this Monday, June 13th.

The chain began with its first location in West Edmonton in 2002. Now, 20 years later, the sports bar has expanded to over 40 locations across Canada.

The two-level sports restaurant will seat up to 600 people and features a six full-size ten-pin bowling lanes, an extensive rooftop patio with batting cages and much more.

While the reason for the Shark Club closure is unknown, many restaurants and pubs in Victoria have had to close or alter their hours in recent months, citing staffing issues as the reason, including the Romeo’s location in downtown Victoria for at least a month.

The Monkey Tree Pub also faced on and off closure due to a staff shortage.

While the Shark Club is slated to reopen at some point, if you are feeling a little nostalgic, you have until June 15th to get down and enjoy some grub.

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