JM Randalls in Williamsburg has closed its doors.

JM Randalls in Williamsburg has closed its doors. (Image courtesy of JM Randalls)

J.M. Randalls -- a bar, grill and live music club in Williamsburg -- has closed its doors temporarily.  According to operator Randall Plaxa, the business is in transition. “We will reopen in the spring with a new, exciting venue, menu and idea,” Plaxa said on the J.M. Randalls answering machine message. Randalls opened in March 1995 and quickly established itself as a blues music hot spot with reasonably priced pub food. Touring blues acts including Bob Margolin and Billy Price made regular stops there. The bar also presented music from local artists. Its website currently lists shows booked through February. Newport News blues singer Bobby “Black Hat” Walters played there frequently in recent years. “I’m really sad and disappointed to see them have their struggles,” Walters said. “Whatever they’re going through, I hope we get them back soon.” Randalls is located at 4854 Longhill Road.