Music, food and fun for the whole family
Sometimes the best laid plans go awry. And then sometimes, when the plans go awry with a savvy businessman at the wheel, they can turn out better than expected.
Jason Flis is a local entrepreneur and the brains behind Club Eclipse. It began as an under 21 night club, a place where teens could hang out, listen to live music, and play video games in a safe environment but, when the community didn’t react as planned, he did the next best thing: he turned it into a full restaurant, including a game room and sports bar that offers all the same things and more, and caters to an even larger demographic. Today, Club Eclipse is the largest venue in Northern Virginia offering nationally touring musicians, a regular comedy show featuring comedians who perform at the DC Improv, and enough square footage and a kitchen that can handle large corporate events and sponsorships.
A Northern Virginia native, Jason has lived in Prince William County for more than 20 years and raised his teenage daughters here. He understands intimately the rapid growth in the area, and has built and sold several businesses in and around Gainesville. Eclipse was actually a gift to his girls – a way to provide them an upscale venue in which to hang out and enjoy the things that most adults do, but without being in a bar. And while the restaurant/club business was not his background, Jason knows that in business 101, when things don’t go as expected, you need a Plan B. He renovated and expanded the kitchen, added more square footage for a larger dining room and added the sports bar, complete with two sides, one for the Redskins and one for his favorite team, the Steelers, and has video game consoles, legalized slots, corn hole, pool tables, and more.
Today, Eclipse is a favorite spot for pre- and post- Jiffy Lube Live concert goers, plus it features national acts and local musicians monthly. If that wasn’t enough, Jason’s connections to the DC restaurant and club scene have also helped bring in comedians once a month for a comedy night.
Community is very important to Jason and he’s a done a lot for groups in Prince William. At Club Eclipse he’s hosted numerous events for parent/teacher organizations, football leagues, and local nonprofits including the Fisher House and the Sweet Julia Grace Foundation.
“It’s important to me to know that I had a good idea that for unforeseen reasons didn’t work out, but I tried. I’ve been in business long enough to know that a Plan B is just smart. And now we have the largest venue in the Northern Virginia region and can use it not just for entertainment and a place for families to spend time together, but also for events to give back to the community,” Jason said.
He still is providing what he set out to: giving kids under 21 a safe place to enjoy music and games and hang out. And those over 21 can, too. Whatever your age, there’s something for you at Club Eclipse. For a full schedule of events and the menu, visit the Club Eclipse website at: club-eclipse.com.