Jay-Z’s Original 40/40 Club in Manhattan Closes After 20 Years


Jay-Z’s Original 40/40 Club in Manhattan Closes After 20 Years


After two decades, Jay-Z’s 40/40 Club has shut down their original location.

According to Andrea Thomas, a spokesperson for the company, the club closed its doors at the end of July and plans to reopen at a new location sometime next year.

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Since its opening in 2003, the 40/40 Club has hosted numerous high profile celebrity events. NBA superstar LeBron James has frequented the club multiple times.


Rapper J. Cole would host secret shows at the venue when he first signed to Roc Nation. In 2012, the venue went under a $10 million renovation which took over a year to complete. It was intended to make it more competitive with the newer clubs in downtown Manhattan at the time.

Jay-Z said at the time,

“I wanted to retain the feel of a clubhouse, a relaxed place to interact with friends.”


Throughout the years, the 40/40 Club grew into a small chain of bars and restaurants throughout the country. In addition to the primary venue, the club also had locations in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, Atlanta, and at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The Las Vegas location closed in 2008, just one year after opening, and its Atlantic City club closed down in 2013.

While successful, the club had its share of issues throughout the years. Shortly before the 2012 renovations, rumors surfaced that the Manhattan location did not meet New York labor standards. They were also shut down for health code violations during that same time. That same year, they were sued by a former chef for $1.5 million.

In August 2021, Jay-Z celebrated 18 years of his 40/40 Club and reopened it with a big celebration that was attended by the likes Swizz Beatz, Megan Thee Stallion, Beyoncé and more.

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Authored by: Monique Nicole