Greenleaf’s Pool Room to open at John Marshall Hotel

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Greenleafs-Jim-Gottier-600Taking some cues from the past, the newest commercial tenant at the Residences at the John Marshall is ready to break into the downtown market.

Greenleaf’s Pool Room, a restaurant, bar and pool hall, is set to open Aug. 23 at 100 N. 6th St. on the ground floor of the John Marshall hotel building.

Jim Gottier – who owns Greenleaf’s with his wife Andrea Ball – knows his way around a pool table.

Gottier, 59, is a former antique textile dealer who  started playing pool hustling in California halls as a teenager. In 2009, he placed ninth at the World’s 14.1 Straight Pool Championship in New York.

“I’ve quit pool off and on over the years,” Gottier said. “I’m a bitter servant to the game. I always come back.”

Gottier said he and Ball spent $650,000 to open Greenleaf’s. They also got help with renovations from Dominion Realty Partners, the firm that redeveloped and owns the John Marshall building. Gottier and Ball have a 10-year leaseon the 5,400-square-foot space.

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