Roy’s, a Jacksonville Beach restaurant, closes after 18 years

JACKSONVILLE BEACH | Widespread rumors that popular restaurant Roy’s was permanently closing became reality over the weekend.

An employee confirmed Sunday morning that the restaurant closed Saturday night after serving its last customers. It was not immediately clear why the restaurant — which opened in 2003 at its 2400 3rd Street S. location — shut down.

Multiple messages left with the restaurant’s management team were not returned.

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Word began circulating on social media a week ago that the fine dining Hawaiian fusion restaurant planned to close permanently after 18 years in Jacksonville Beach — leading to multiple posts of shock and dismay among Roy’s customers.

Late last week, Jacksonville Beach Mayor Christine Hoffman confirmed to the Times-Union that Roy’s planned to close. Her comments followed a family anniversary celebration last Wednesday at the restaurant.

“I’m sorry to see Roy’s close. It’s been a longtime favorite here at the Beaches,” Hoffman said. “It’s a great location, though, in a wonderful commercial center, and I have no doubt that the space will not be empty for very long.” 

In addition to its food, the Jacksonville Beach restaurant — and its founder and namesake Master Chef Roy Yamaguchi — were known for hosting the annual “A Night at Roy’s” gala fundraiser that benefitted the Monique Burr Foundation for Children.

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