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Bourbon Bowl is just about ready to open. They are in the process of hiring staff.   The fountain with the fire is pretty cool! The fan blade on the wall slowly spins.

Looks like neon or something is going over the door for the name. The fountain will have fire features.

The site for the bowling alley/restaurant. They are reusing the building and the outdoor area for patio seating 

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Hopefully it happens. There have been two efforts in the past to either bring a bowling alley/bar either downtown or on the edge of downtown. The current effort seems to have some real legs and with the success of Boxcar Barcade, I think bowling would be just as successful. Currently only Charlotte has a downtown bowling alley in the state.

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What can downtown Greensboro expect with the planned downtown bowling alley on South Elm Street?

Paul Talley of Greensboro owns the Limelight Nightclub several blocks north of the site where he will build an upscale  boutique bowling alley. The location of the bowling alley will be at the corner of Lewis Street and South Elm Street at the heart of downtown Greensboro's growing downtown entertainment district. Within a block of the site are breweries, a distillery, restaurants, Boxcar Barcade and the destination chain frozen daiquiri bar Fat Tuesday. The 7-story Hampton Inn and Suites going up is also not far away.

Paul Talley also owns the Comedy Zone in Greensboro and an upscale 6 lane bowling alley and bar near downtown Greenville, SC called Stone Pin. Talley plans an 8 lane bowling alley in downtown Greensboro with a restaurant, an upscale bar with cocktails and craft beer. This will be a great entertainment addition to downtown Greensboro and it will be around the corner from BoxCar Barcade. The bowling alley will be a little more upscale. Charlotte already has a downtown bowling alley and there is also an 8 lane bowling alley planned for downtown Durham.

Downtown Greensboro will have a bowling alley similar to this one 

Stone Pin, Greenville, SC also owned by Paul Talley.

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Paul Talley has already demolished an existing building and is planning to go through the permitting stage.

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1 hour ago, Nick2 said:

@cityboi Which building was demolished? There's an empty lot on the corner of Lewis and elm plus an empty building. Was there a building here a while ago?

There was an old gas station on the corner that was torn down. Looks like Talley is going to use that lot with the building next to it.

That part of South Elm Street (South of the tracks) use to be dead at night. It use to be full of antique shops. Now it's becomingan extension of downtown's vibrant restaurant and entertainment scene and its not just South Elm. Downtown no longer has an entertainment/ restaurant strip. Its becoming a district because the entertainment and restaurants are expanding a few blocks west with the Tracks Bazaar complex.

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Looks like construction fencing has been put up around the planned bowling alley site at the corner of South Elm and Lewis Streets. Downtown Greensboro is a step closer to getting a bowling alley.

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City Council to vote on incentives to bring bowling to downtown Greensboro. Council scheduled a special meeting on Thursday, July 2 to approve an economic incentive. 

"Bourbon Bowl", being built by Paul Talley at 531 and 515 South Elm St., is a six-lane bowling alley with an upscale bar, restaurant and outdoor patio.

This will be Talley’s third venue of this type. Stone Pin Co. in Greenville, SC, was named “The 2017 Best New Bowling Center in the Country” by Bowlersjournal.com. Talley also recently opened Underpin Lane-N-Lounge in Spartanburg, SC.

https://www.rhinotimes.com/news/council-to-consider-incentive-for-boutique-bowling-downtown/

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Charlotte and Greensboro are the only cities in the state with downtown bowling alleys. Winston-Salem will be opening a duckpin bowling alley shortly. Charlotte has the larger Bolero Bowling alley. I think there is one in the planning stages for Downtown Durham.

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Wow! This place is amazing! I can tell you its going to be hard to get a lane here. This is the best looking urban bowling alley I have ever seen!

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This is what the building looked like before. Dates back to the 1940s.  It was an eyesore on South Elm Street. I called it the Sanford and Son building. What a transformation.

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Wow! This place is amazing! I can tell you its going to be hard to get a lane here. This is the best looking urban bowling alley I have ever seen!
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This is what the building looked like before. Dates back to the 1940s.  It was an eyesore on South Elm Street. I called it the Sanford and Son building. What a transformation.
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Greensboro is going to blow up in the next few years and I can’t wait for it!


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I agree. There is a tight entertainment district emerging with Boxcar Barcade less than a block west down Lewis Street, Fat Tuesday and the Tracks Bazaar just west of that.

I've looked at many downtowns with 6 to 8 lane boutique bowling alleys and Bourbon Bowl has got to be one of the best ones I've seen if not the best. This tops Stone Pin in Greenville, SC and similar alleys in places like Nashville. Right now its really the only small urban boutique bowling alley in North Carolina so its new urban concept for the state. Charlotte has an urban uptown alley but its a larger chain alley called Bolero. Its a great alley btw.

Amazing landscaping and interior decor and most don't include a beer garden patio. In fact this has got to be the best landscaped  downtown development (not counting parks) I've seen in  Greensboro. Its blowing up on Facebook. People are like Wow! We need more of this kind of quality downtown. The Tanger Center missed an opportunity with its landscaping which I thought could be better.

I like how this is a 10 pin bowling alley and not duckpin which seems to be becoming more common these days in downtowns. I also like how it has a modest 6 lanes which is common for downtowns. The setting is more intimate as oppose to an alley that has 15 to 20 lanes. Now if only downtown can get a luxury multiplex theater. There are a few places one can go in South End. The parking lot next to Boxcar Barcade and in front of Fat Tuesday is one spot.  However since there is no city parking deck that far south, one there could replace much needed parking. The other location is the Tracks Bazaar which is just west of that lot. If you look at the north side of downtown, one could go on the old Lincoln dealership site next to the Children's Museum and diagonally from the Tanger Center. I prefer a South End location.

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Now if only downtown can get a luxury multiplex theater. There are a few places one can go in South End. The parking lot next to Boxcar Barcade and in front of Fat Tuesday is one spot.  However since there is no city parking deck that far south, one there could replace much needed parking. The other location is the Tracks Bazaar which is just west of that lot. If you look at the north side of downtown, one could go on the old Lincoln dealership site next to the Children's Museum and diagonally from the Tanger Center. I prefer a South End location.

I have long thought that these vacant lots next to the Carolina Theatre would be ideal for a small movie theater. Maybe IMAX + 4 screens? Not sure what makes sense commercially. It could be designed to share concession/lobby space with the Carolina, which could use it - that lobby gets very crowded at well-attended events, and the restrooms are not adequate.

 

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12 hours ago, jthomas said:

I have long thought that these vacant lots next to the Carolina Theatre would be ideal for a small movie theater. Maybe IMAX + 4 screens? Not sure what makes sense commercially. It could be designed to share concession/lobby space with the Carolina, which could use it - that lobby gets very crowded at well-attended events, and the restrooms are not adequate.

 

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Actually the lot was once considered for a scaled down performing arts center.

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As of a few hours ago, Bourbon Bowl is officially open. Let's Roll! Downtown bowling is now a reality. Three years in the making when the project was first announced in spring 2018. They haven't announced prices but based on similar venues you can expect about $20 an hour or $30 an hour during peak times and about $5 a game. Its probably going to be nearly impossible to get in there  for a while until the newness wears off.

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