Bowling Is Coming to Blasdell in Former Grocery Building

by Bob Johnson 0

The village of Blasdell in New York’s Erie County was a quintessential railroad town during the 19th and 20th centuries. It was a stop on the Erie Railroad, which originally connected New York City with Lake Erie.

The village was named after Herman Blasdell, the first station master of the Erie and Pennsylvania railroad depot, and is located due south of Buffalo.

Blasdell promotes itself as “The Gateway to the Southtowns” of Erie County, and village officials are hoping that a new bowling and entertainment center now under development will help make Blasdell itself a destination.

According to the Buffalo News, a company called Great Lakes Bowling and Entertainment has purchased the building that formerly housed a Jubilee grocery store, and plans to renovate it with 20 bowling lanes (including a private two-lane suite), billiards tables, dart boards, golf simulators, an outdoor patio with horseshoe courts and bocce ball, and a stage for live music.

Plans also call for a full-service food-and-beverage operation called the Back Alley Bar and Grill. The cost of the project was pegged at $4 million

“I think it’s great news to see something like this coming into the village,” Blasdell Trustee Rob Hefner said.

The lanes are being provided by Murrey International, the Buffalo News reported.

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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