Connecticut Center to Close in May, Ending Half-Century Run

by Gianmarc Manzione 0

A Connecticut bowling institution, Sky Top Lanes in Torrington, will close on May 3. The center is being sold to a developer, who reportedly will keep the on-site gym and fitness center, but revealed no plans for the bowling operation.

The 20-lane Sky Top Lanes has been operated by the DeDominicis family for close to half a century. Brothers Mickey, 74, and Bill, 71, said they delayed the closing so current season leagues could complete their schedules. The center had been on the market for two years, but could not be sold as a bowling center, Bill DeDominicis told the Republican American newspaper.

SkyTopLanes“We loved the business,” DeDominicis said. “This has been the toughest decision we’ve ever had to make in the 49 years we've been in business. That should tell you how much we liked it.”

On the center’s Facebook page, the brothers — including George, who had already retired from the business — posted this message: “Although we have thoroughly enjoyed the bowling industry, as well as the people that have patronized our center, many circumstances have led to this decision to close. We will truly miss the many friends we’ve made throughout the years. We, and our families, thank you for your friendship and patronage.”

As of Monday morning, more than 200 people had posted comments, mostly expressing disappointment over the loss of a local institution that had generated so many fond memories for the community’s families. You can check them out here:

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