Kory Clemens, son of former baseball star Roger Clemons, quietly closed his upscale sports bar, Katch 22 according to CultureMap. Despite splashy parties and events that brought in sports celebrities such as retired New York Yankees Derek Jeter and dignitaries like Former President George H. W. Bush, the year-old restaurant failed to hit a homerun at its 700 Durham Dr location.
All but the bar's Instagram have shuttered, leaving very little presence online. A statement sent to CultureMap leaves the door open to the possibilities of relocating:
Negotiations with our landlord have not yielded the resolution we had hoped for and, quite frankly, needed to continue operations at this location. Consequently, we have closed the doors of the restaurant and bar effective today and are beginning our search for a more serviceable location.
Earlier this year, Clemons, a trained chef, partnered with Kevin Munz of Cullen's after the departure of restaurant heavyhitter Luke Mandola Jr. While the closing of Clemons and Munz's bar may come as surprise to some, it's apart of an unsurprising trend of closures along the Washington Corridor. This year, the Rice Military neighborhood saw the closing of Chopping Block Gourmet Burgers, Blue Moose Lodge, Coppa Ristorante Italiano, Polovina Italian Cafe and TQLA.
Whether Clemons will reopen in the Washington Corridor, there's a slew of new openings to look forward to next year along Washington Avenue: Commonwealth, Black Orchid, La Roux, Mary'z Lebanese Cuisine, Fire Station #11 and rumored Velvet Taco.