Bowling coming to Bellevue, and given the location, it’s naturally upscale


The Lincoln Square mall in Bellevue will have a new tenant: An upscale bowling all^H^H^Hlounge. Expected to open before the Christmas holiday season, there will be two bars, full-service dining, lots of big plasma screens, all the stuff that makes bowling better. The lounge be positioned on the second floor, beneath Parlor Billiards, a business which by a fantastic coincidence has exactly the same business model as the bowling all^H^H^Hlounge, but with billiards instead of bowling. By Christmastime, the 23,900 square foot venue will be the site of strikes, splits, and, no doubt, lots of failed pick-up attempts.

Comments (7)
  1. Dave says:

    Our msft team just moved into offices in Lincoln Square, the first of a few waves of Microsofties invading Bellevue in order to relieve the office space shortage in Redmond. It was most interesting, as Microsofties, being the only people in jeans and t-shirts in a pool hall mostly populated with "urban casual" downtown types and sharply dressed, well manicured bouncers. I assume the "upscale" bowling alley will be the same experience. It will be fascinating to watch: will Microsoft change downtown Bellevue apparel norms or will we transplanted Microsofties, now miles from our Redmond home (ok, so about 4 miles), learn to dress up to go drink beer and shoot pool so we fit in better with Bellevue types? Only time will tell.

  2. Wolf Logan says:

    "will Microsoft change downtown Bellevue apparel norms or will we transplanted Microsofties, now miles from our Redmond home (ok, so about 4 miles), learn to dress up to go drink beer and shoot pool so we fit in better with Bellevue types? Only time will tell."

    I smell a sitcom!

  3. marijane white says:

    Sounds like the Garage on Capitol Hill (http://www.garagebilliards.com/homeb.htm), but with fewer hipsters.

  4. tsrblke says:

    These Lucky Strikes are Chains, I think the first one was in Chicago, opened to a ton of fairfare (My boss showed me a huge article on it in one of his AV/Sound magazines.)  They had one in ST. Louis at the Mills Mall, but it went belly up.  Strange business model at times it seemed.  The Bar (with it’s 9-10 screens) tended to play sports, but the Screens on teh lanes would often showcase Art or the like.

  5. Puckdropper says:

    lots of failed pick-up attempts.

    I like the dual meaning there. :-)  I do it myself sometimes.

  6. Steve says:

    *yawn* There has always been bowling in Bellevue. If you prefer your bowling de-yuppified, check out the Sun Villa down the hill from Bellevue Community College.

  7. Beautiful View says:

    Which Bellevue are you refering to?

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