MANATEE COUNTY, FL – Joyland, Bradenton’s iconic country music hotspot, is moving from its Bradenton digs to a new location in Manatee County.
Although the location did not reveal the exact address, the new location is on the north side of University Parkway on Lockwood Ridge Road, between University Town Center and Sarasota Bradenton International Airport, Joyland owners shared on the club’s Facebook page on February 4. This new spot borders Sarasota County.
In addition to beer and booze, the new venue also has a full kitchen and will offer a late-night menu until 2 a.m., according to the post.
“Our goal throughout this process is to maintain the legacy of Joyland country and the community we all know and love, but also to update the business to be more intimate and diverse,” wrote Joyland staff on Facebook. “Our new location is being renovated to retain the Joyland sound and vibe, but with a clean, modern, rustic new vibe, like the clubs on Broadway in Nashville. We also plan to have your DJs, bands and artists favorite locals as touring artists and songwriters from Nashville and beyond on our concert-quality stage.”
Joyland opened in 1958 in Pinellas Park, the Bradenton Herald reported. After several moves, he landed at 5520 14th Street West in Bradenton in 1994, where he remained for nearly three decades.
Serbin and Mendelsohn have been considering moving the club since the start of the pandemic.
“As you all know, the Covid-19 pandemic and resulting regulations have forced all bars and nightclubs to close until further notice or open with debilitating processes and restrictions,” they shared on the venue’s website. “It also forced us to think about what the future of a nightclub and a concert hall with concerts could be.”
Since taking over the club, they have been dedicated to making improvements through various upgrades and additions, they wrote, pledging the same enthusiasm to create “a better club and concert experience” at the new site.
They also acknowledged the difficulties faced by many bars, clubs and music venues during the coronavirus pandemic, particularly with many owners struggling to stay open and save their businesses.
“Fortunately, we have the capacity and the means to wait for this to end and come back resurrected to a new place, a better place, built to our specifications, for the best live music and party atmosphere, and with the food, but it won’t be easy,” the owners wrote. “It certainly won’t be without the support of Joyland’s friends, family, fans and bands. You are all the soul of this place. You are all the heartbeat that has kept this place alive for all these years.”