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Playoffs closing in downtown Aiken this weekend

August 24, 2018

The final round at Playoffs Sports Bar & Grill is scheduled for this weekend.

“The last day will be Saturday,” said Rhonda Robinson, who owns the downtown Aiken business with her husband, Dave.

And there aren’t any plans for Playoffs to return in a different location.

“It’s time for it to be done,” Rhonda said.

A post on Playoffs’ Facebook page in mid-July announced that the bar would be closing “within 60 days due to the new owners of the building.”

The Robinsons were leasing the structure that is Playoffs’ home. It is on one of the several contiguous parcels of land that S&N Hospitality LLC purchased for $1 million earlier this year, according to Aiken County property records.

Mortgage and related documents show that Ramesh Shah and Neel Shah have close ties to S&N.

Neel Shah owns Hotel Aiken, which is near Playoffs.

The parcels wrap around the corner of Richland Avenue West and Newberry Street.

Playoffs’ address is 205 Richland Ave. W.

While getting ready to shut down Playoffs, the Robinsons are busy with their new venture, the Tailgate Tavern, which officially opened for business Wednesday in The Alley in downtown Aiken.

It has a more upscale atmosphere than Playoffs, and there is more of an emphasis on food service.

In May, when the Robinsons were finalizing a lease agreement to establish the Tailgate Tavern in The Alley, Rhonda told the Aiken Standard the property where Playoffs is based was under contract to be sold. She said then that she and her husband would continue to operate Playoffs “unless we get kicked out or our rent gets raised tremendously.”

The Robinsons opened Playoffs in December 2010.

Anybody’s Guess, an Aiken area party band, will play there Saturday.

After that, “come see us at the Tailgate Tavern,” Rhonda said.

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