The Dub Shack, 8217 Tourist Center Drive, closed Monday after only two months in business.
Owners hope the closure is temporary, per a post on the location’s Facebook page.
“It’s a sad day today at the Shack it looks like we will be taking a little bit of a break (a week or two) to get everything all sorted out,” the post stated.
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World of Beer Inc. filed a lawsuit in early February against SRQBeer USK LLC, the franchisees who ran the University Park World of Beer location. JDubs Brewing Co. LLC also is included as a defendant.
The lawsuit alleges that the franchisees, Mark Broderick and Dean Lambert, broke their franchise agreement with World of Beer by closing the location and re-branding it as The Dub Shack, a JDub’s Brewing Co. taproom. JDub’s, a Sarasota-based brewery, is owned by and named after Jeremy Joerger.
Per an injunction granted last month by Hillsborough County Judge Steven Scott Stephens, Broderick and Lambert had to give World of Beer Inc. until Sunday to decide if the company would buy the tavern. Moreover, The Dub Shack was required to close by Monday even if the company didn’t purchase the tavern.
Broderick and Lambert also were involved with another former Bradenton World of Beer location, 497 Cortez Road W., and a downtown Sarasota location, 1888 Main St. The Cortez Road location closed in January and the Sarasota Main Street location went out of business early this month.
The Dub Shack is a project operated by Lambert in coordination with Joerger of JDub’s Brewing Co.
Neither could be reached for comment regarding future plans for the University Park location.