Iconic restaurant and bar to close after 50 years of business
On December 29th, High 5 Hospitality, proprietor of The Stone Balloon Ale House in Newark, Delaware, issued an announcement via Instagram regarding the establishment’s impending closure. Having concluded their current lease term, the ownership has opted not to renew, electing instead to focus on a strategic expansion of their supposed ‘diverse portfolio’.
This decision effectively marks the end of an era for the beloved eatery, whose legacy stretches back over five decades. Established in the heart of Newark, The Stone Balloon’s initial iteration as a rock club, spanning 33 years until 2005, saw legendary musical acts grace its stage, including Bruce Springsteen, Metallica, Dave Matthews Band, and My Morning Jacket. Since then, it was re-opened and seemingly enjoyed a good run, until now.
Based on the nature of the closure, it looks as though the building may remain as a restaurant with different owners. Over the years, Stone Balloon was known for serving a variety of ales as well as hearty American cuisine such as burgers and fries. Until its closure, this went on to be one of the oldest and most established ale houses in the state and was known as an institution. Because of this, to some its closure represents more than a local business shutting and marks the end of an era.