South S.F. Center Staying Put

by Bob Johnson 0

Brentwood Bowl had been earmarked for a move and expansion across the street from its long-time location in South San Francisco.

Plans called for a housing development on the original site, and for the center to re-locate in a vacated Century Theatres building, meaning the number of lanes could be increased from 16 to 39.

But according to a report in The Daily Journal newspaper, plans for the housing fell through, and now Brentwood Bowl will be staying put. New plans call for improvements in food service and other areas of the center to enhance its entertainment appeal.

“We want to resurrect and save the place we have, and to introduce a new demographic, because I am hearing from the kids they have nowhere to go,” said Wayne Despues, who has initiated an online campaign to raise funds for the improvements, which come with a price tag of approximately $150,000.

Despues has entered into a partnership with Brentwood Bowl proprietor Millard Tong, and has experience in the culinary industry.

On March 28, the center posted this message on its Facebook page: “Brentwood Bowl is not closing, despite the rumors people are spreading.”

To read the full Daily Journal report, go to:

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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