Historic Duckpin Facility Brought Back to Life

by Bob Johnson 0

A 6-lane duckpin facility in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, believed to have been built as early as 1918, has been brought back to life by Urban Smart Growth, a company that bought the building housing the lanes in 2005.

A sleek bar and leather sofas have been added to the airy space now known as BreakTime, and food can be ordered from the downstairs Bread Lab, which has developed a special menu for BreakTime.

The bowling rate is $15 per lane per hour, and pins are set manually, providing a true retro experience.

“It was always the intention to do something like this, and we finally got around to it,” said Hope Artiste Village Director of Development and Operations, Michael Gazdacko.

For more on BreakTime, read Rhode Island Monthly’s story here: http://www.rimonthly.com/Blogs/ridaily/January-2015/Retro-Bowling-Alley-Opens-in-Pawtucket/

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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