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The JQH Tower Club atop Hammons Tower appears to be inactive.
The JQH Tower Club atop Hammons Tower appears to be inactive.

Months after rebrand, Tower Club’s future uncertain

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The top two floors of Hammons Tower seem inactive in recent weeks, and it’s unclear whether bookings are being accepted for the recently rebranded JQH Tower Club.

For years, the 21st and 22nd floors served as a members-only restaurant and public event venue, but now the space is inaccessible to the general public and those managing it aren’t talking about its status.

What’s known is the listed number is no longer in service and the elevator button to the 21st floor is disabled. Both Yelp and Google list the event venue as permanently closed.

An on-duty security guard on Sept 14. told a Springfield Business Journal reporter the top floors are closed and that nobody is working up there. He directed questions about the Tower Club to the Plaza Realty & Management Services LLC office on the ground floor of Hammons Tower.

Multiple employees in the Plaza Realty office deferred to officials at Atrium Hospitality LP, which took over management of Hammons Tower and other assets of the late John Q. Hammons after a bankruptcy court ruling earlier this year.

The only response SBJ received was from Sheri Smith, a spokeswoman for Atrium Hospitality: “We look forward to hosting several more events at JQH Tower Club this year, ranging from large celebratory occasions to professional meetings,” she said via email.

Smith did not answer a follow-up email inquiring about the events booked or whether new bookings were being accepted.

Less than a year ago, club officials celebrated its reopening and rebranding with a name change to JQH Tower Club. It was closed for several months beginning in June 2017 for cosmetic renovations. According to past SBJ reporting, the venue had 27 upcoming events scheduled when it reopened in November.

Since then, Atrium Hospitality management has settled in. The company is owned by JD Holdings LLC, which this summer began assuming control of some 150 assets of the bankrupted Hammons estate through a roughly $1 billion buyout. JD Holdings represents the largest creditor in the bankruptcy settlement, according to past SBJ reporting.

Kyle Bowman, Atrium’s vice president of asset management and business development, did not return multiple calls and emails seeking information on the Tower Club’s status.

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