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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Downtown bowling alley aiming for spring opening

Bowl the Alley

Posted by Erica Jackson Curran on Tue, Nov 15, 2011 at 1:00 PM

The Alleys Raleigh location
  • The Alley's Raleigh location

It's been nine months since The Post and Courier reported on a new bowling alley setting up shop in a Columbus Street warehouse. The article cited a tentative early fall opening, but co-owner Jim Poole says they still have a ways to go. That said, they've made some major strides in the last few months, and they're now shooting for a spring 2012 opening.

Poole, along with business partners Chris Poole (his brother) and David Crowley, runs a similar business in Raleigh, N.C. called The Alley. The establishment's good food, retro vibe, and affordable prices have made it a popular spot for Triangle residents, and Poole hopes to bring the same success to Charleston.

They've hired local design firm Stumphouse to help renovate the 14,000-square-foot warehouse located behind Piggly Wiggly. Poole says they plan to maintain the building's rustic feel. They're also partnering with a local restaurant group to run the bar and restaurant, but so far they're keeping mum about who's involved. Poole hopes to draw a diverse crowd with affordable prices and space for private events, from a 5-year-old's birthday party to a late-night dance party.

Follow along with their progress on Twitter @TheAlleyChas, and check out bowlthealley.com for info on the Raleigh location.

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