Social Interaction to Trump Social Media at New Center

by Bob Johnson 0

A former warehouse in Charlotte, N.C., is being transformed into a new entertainment venue called Queen Park Social.

In addition to a bar, a restaurant, a live music stage, private event rooms, shuffleboard and life-sized board games, the venue will include bowling with string machines.

“Our vision is a place that stresses social interaction over social media,” said co-owner, Joe Lariscy. “At Queen Park Social, friends old, new and not-yet-met will gather and connect. We’ll accomplish that through a flavor-filled selection of food and drinks, a variety of games that surprise and delight, and providing exceptional personal service that will redefine what going out for a good time means.”

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Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson has received more national writing awards than any other bowling writer — close to 70 over the course of his 40-year career. He began at age 16 as a staff writer and then assistant editor for the weekly Pacific Bowler newspaper in his native California, and within three years was writing feature stories for Bowlers Journal. He has written for the magazine ever since, except for a five-year span when he was hired as the founding editor of another magazine. He moved to Chicago in 2000 and spent 13 years in the Windy City, including five as Bowlers Journal’s Editor. In 1975, Johnson received the Robert E. Kennedy Award as California’s top undergraduate high school journalist. Five years earlier, on the lanes, he had shared the Bantam Division Doubles championship in the Orange County Junior Bowling Association Championships. Today, he continues to work full-time for Bowlers Journal as its Senior Editor, to write his popular “Strikes Me” column, and to edit Luby Publishing Inc.’s weekly business-to-business Cyber Report.