Hourglass Pub, Home Of Mad Cowford Improv, Is Closing

Jan 11, 2018

A downtown Jacksonville nightspot on East Bay Street will be closing next month. 


Owner Shannon Williams, also known as “Ms. Widow,” told customers the Hourglass Pub & Coffee House will close February 3 on  Facebook.

“I’ve sacrificed a lot to do this and keep it going...family, money, time, friendships, and last but most health and sanity. Time has come for me to take a step back and focus on me, on my family, my relationship, my future and what I really want to do. There are bigger dreams to pursue and I’m gonna go pursue them,” Williams wrote.  

The pub and coffee house opened in June 2014 in the entertainment area of downtown Jacksonville known as The Elbow.

Williams described the Hourglass as a place “where all people regardless of culture, race, religion, background, social status, income or niche, came together and enjoyed each other. Nerds, rappers, goths, queens, metal-heads, hippies, geeks, performers of all genres, hipsters, lgbtq, poets, drinkers, strippers, scene kids, non-drinkers, hillbillies, beatniks, hip-hoppers, train kids, politicos, ravers, activists and vibers.”

The establishment differs from many in its eclectic mash up of services that include a vast selection of beer, wine, coffee, hookah, a time warp arcade and an in-house comedy group.

Williams said it will be business as usual through February third.

The venue has served as a home base for Jacksonville’s Mad Cowford improv group.

Mad Cowford issued a statement on its Facebook page, writing, “Sadly, The Hourglass Pub & Coffee House, our home for the last several years, will be closing February 3, 2018. But you still have four more chances to catch Mad Cowford Improv before we ride along to wherever we end up next. We hope to see you out on Friday night!”

Mad Cowford Director John Kalinowski expressed his appreciation for everything Williams has done for the troupe.  They've been performing at the Hourglass for about two-and-a-half years.

"Our next step is to look at options and figure out if there's someplace else out there or if we want to take the steps forward to create our own performance venue," Kalinowski said.

Mad Cowford's final Hourglass performance will be Friday night, February 2.  Kalinowski said he would also be interested in speaking with anyone that might be interest in hosting Mad Cowford's next home. He can be reached at johnnyk@madcowford.com.

Additional Information

Downtownjacksonville.orgProfile of Shannon Williams

Hourglass Pub & Coffee House website

Mad Cowford website

Bill Bortzfield can be reached at bbortzfield@wjct.org, 904-358-6349 or on Twitter at @BortzInJax.