Boston Bowl Completes Major Renovation

by Bob Johnson 0

Boston Bowl, a landmark entertainment destination in Boston, Mass., for generations, completed a $650,000 renovation in November, and now is positioned to take full advantage of it with procurement of a full liquor license.

The extensive makeover includes an all-new “Xperience,” a 3,000-square-foot private space for boutique bowling that features contemporary decor, six tenpin bowling lanes with state-of-the-art features, integrated audio-visual technology, a full bar, comfortable lounge seating, and custom catering.

“Founded in 1959, Boston Bowl has a long legacy of being a gathering spot for city residents and visitors of all ages to socialize and have fun,” said Joe Sammartino, Vice President of Phillips Family Hospitality. “Over the years, we’ve prided ourselves in keeping the facility updated and current with entertainment trends.”

Added Phil Strazzula, President of Boston Bowl: “We’ve been operating with a beer and wine license, but are thrilled to now have a full liquor license for the entire facility as a result of Boston Mayor Marty Walsh’s efforts to make all alcohol licenses available for applicants in Dorchester, Hyde Park, Jamaica Plain, Mattapan and Roxbury. Having a full bar enables us to be more successful when competing with private event facilities in downtown Boston.  We look forward to welcoming social and corporate groups to our new venue and bringing business into this neighborhood.”

Strazzula went on to explain that the Boston Bowl renovation was part of a larger improvement plan for the Phillips Family Hospitality dining, entertainment and lodging complex, located on a 10-acre stretch along Morrissey Boulevard, 3.5 miles south of Boston. The family-owned and operated businesses include Boston Bowl, The Ramada Inn Boston, The Comfort Inn Boston, Phillips Candy House, Freeport Tavern, and the Phillips Banquet and Meeting Facility. Over the past year, The Comfort Inn Boston has undergone an $850,000 revitalization.

Boston Bowl is a 50,000-square-foot family fun center featuring 30 tenpin and 14 candlepin lanes with state-of-the-art technology, tournament-sized billiards tables, and more than 80 interactive electronic and prize games. Its Deadwood Cafe and Brewery brews fresh beer on the premises and offers a varied menu of pizza, wings, burgers, ribs and more.

You can view pictures of Boston Bowl’s new Xperience area here: http://bostonbowl.com/xperience.html

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.

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