Popular karaoke bar CJ’s on the Island will move to St. Pete, reopening as ‘CJ’s on the Park’

It’s taking over Buffalo City Bar & Grill’s space on Park St. N.

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One of Treasure Island's most popular bars is making a move to the mainland.

Best of the Bay-winning CJ's on the Island—most known for its stiff drinks and karaoke nights—took to its Facebook last month to announce the bar's imminent relocation.

CJ's will remain at its 5,000 square-foot space at 115 10th Ave. until the end of April, and will reopen at its even bigger St. Pete location at 5631-5651 Park St. N sometime in May 2023.

"We are very excited to share with you the new and improved CJ's!" its social media post reads. "Larger space, plenty of free parking and new amazing concepts. Thank you for these past ten years on the island and for your continued support."

According to the popular bar, their landlords and property owners are tearing the massive Treasure Island  plaza down for redevelopment purposes.

CJ's former neighbors, Mediterranean restaurant The Pearl, relocated to Gulfport last fall after 20 years on Treasure Island due to the plaza's imminent transformation into mixed-use development. 
CJ's on the Island has garnered a reputation over the years as one of the best places for live band karaoke, daily drink specials (including $2 drinks for industry workers) and tons of bar games—all characteristics that will continue at its new St. Pete location.

CJ's on the Park will open out of the St. Pete space currently occupied by Buffalo City Bar and Grill, a concept that might sound familiar to fans of the popular TV show "Bar Rescue." In 2019, Buffalo City was featured in season 6 of the show, where owner 
Doreen Levy struggled to upkeep the bar she inherited from her deceased father. 

It's unsure if Buffalo City will open elsewhere in The Burg' when CJ's takes over this spring; Creative Loafing Tampa Bay reached out to the bar with no response yet.

For the latest updates on CJ's on the Island and its new location's build out, head to its Facebook. It's open at its current location from 11 a.m.-3 a.m. daily, and we can expect similar operating hours when its CJ's 2.0 debuts this spring. 

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Kyla Fields

Kyla Fields is the Managing Editor of Creative Loafing Tampa Bay who started their journey at CL as summer 2019 intern. They are the proud owner of a charming, sausage-shaped, four-year-old rescue mutt named Piña.
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