The owner of Breakers — Pueblo’s newest pool hall — say they want to make it a place that has the family appeal of a bowling alley.
Owner Jennifer Guara and her husband, Jason Guara, said they see a bright future for Pueblo and a family pool hall is needed.
“We want to provide Pueblo with something that is lacking. A community base. Somewhere to come together with the family to not only play pool but enjoy company,” Jennifer Guara said. “I tell people to think of us as they would think of a bowling alley. We go to the bowling alley to bowl, but they also have food and drinks. That’s what we are except it’s a pool hall.”
The demand for a pool hall has become more significant since the closure of the Side Pocket on the North Side, she said. “That left a great void on the North Side of town and Downtown for pool players,” she said.
Breakers is located in the Midtown Shopping Center building that once housed Showtime Sports Bar and Grill. The facility also was a steakhouse and most recently a nightclub. It opened on Oct. 17.
It will host a grand opening celebration starting at 11 a.m. Saturday. A Scotch doubles tournament for a chance to win a spot in Las Vegas competitions is scheduled that day. Toys For Tots also will be collecting toys at the event. Regular business hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
The couple says it is a family business through and through.
“We want to do this for family, fun and friends. And if the money comes in, that’s great. But if it doesn’t and we could just keep the doors open that’s fine too because we’ve done a good thing for those that want to be in a safe environment,” Jason Guara said.
The couple’s 18-year-old daughter, Ocean, helps with the business.
The pool hall, which has 14 pool tables in the 10,000 square-foot building, is affiliated with the American Pool Players Association and already has hosted four tournaments.
Pool playing runs in the family.
“We’ve played pool for years… It’s the biggest chess game you will ever play mentally. The game is continually changing. Every player is different,” Jason Guara said.
“It’s like our community,” Jennifer Guara said.
“It’s a big scramble of everything,” Jason Guara added.
The couple hope to eventually recognize Pueblo entities such as the Pueblo police and fire departments, first responders, military veterans and others in the pool hall.
“We want to hang their flags and have them sign their names on them. They are important people in our community,” said Jason Guara, a veteran of the United States Navy.
Jennifer Guara, who is graduating in May from Colorado State University-Pueblo and previously operated two businesses in Pueblo West, said pool gives people a mental break.
“Playing pool for me is a mental muscle. I don’t have to think about it. I can just get on the table and play,” she said.
Breakers serves mostly “bar food” with green chile to be added to the menu this week, said Jennifer Guara. “Our menu is expanding. It will be continuously growing,” she said.