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Didn't see a thread on this, so apologies if it already exists. It appears the entertainment district is getting a bowling alley! The Ballroom will be situated on the corner of John and Richmond in the heart of the Entertainment District. As of now its still under construction, with no official opening, according to the very limited site... http://www.theballroom.ca/


I like to go bowling so for me, the is a great addition. Thoughts?
 

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^^ What is it? A condo? The website says "For corporate bookings please email..." which me think it's a club of some sort.
 

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It's a bowling alley! Perhaps I should have posted this in the more general section...I figured this was a "development" of sorts for the neighbourhood :lol:
 

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Will this be Canadian or US bowling (big balls with the holes)? :weird:
 

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I couldn't tell ya. The site is rather vague at the moment.
 

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I tried to snap some pics yesterday but they had the garage door style windows closed. Sigh.

Look like work is moving a long, the podiums where the balls arrive are installed. Appears there are 8-10 lanes? Also they've put up some brickwork on the interior (looks like the brickwork used on the podium of Bisha). Anyways, I hope its here early into the new year!
 

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From BlogTO:

Bowling Alley to Open in Downtown Toronto



Posted by Tim / November 10, 2010

Toronto will finally get a downtown bowling alley later this year when The Ballroom opens in the old Montana's space at Richmond and John streets. Currently under construction ($4 million price tag, 20,000 square feet over 3 floors), the space has already been garnering some buzz with its advertising campaign featuring strikes, spares and turkeys. There's even a web site which kinda gives the concept away.

According to a source, The Ballroom is slated to open as early as mid-December, will include ten 10 pin bowling lanes, ping pong tables, 47 flat screen TVs, a local-food inspired menu, 15 different beers on tap, two outdoor patios and will be as much an upscale sports bar as it is a bowling alley.

http://www.blogto.com/sports_play/2010/11/bowling_alley_to_open_in_downtown_toronto/
 

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Will this be Canadian or US bowling (big balls with the holes)? :weird:

You mean 5 or 10 pin? I didn't know one was Canadian and one was American until doing some research. The Germans invented the Ten Pin game and the true origins of bowling go back to the ancient Egyptions. 5 pin was a Canadian invention for pansy weak people in 1909.

 

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You mean 5 or 10 pin? I didn't know one was Canadian and one was American until doing some research. The Germans invented the Ten Pin game and the true origins of bowling go back to the ancient Egyptions. 5 pin was a Canadian invention for pansy weak people in 1909.

... and invented in Toronto ... on I think the same street ... at Yonge St.
 

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Toronto Star article:

Bowling 2.0: gastropub, microbrews and a hip, downtown location

CARLOS OSORIO/TORONTO STAR
Andreas Antoniou, Thanos Tripi, Paul Donato, Matty Tsoumaris and Warren Needler pose for a photograph at The Ballroom on Nov. 16, 2010. The bowling alley in downtown Toronto is still under construction.

Katie Daubs
November 16, 2010

These men don’t look like bowlers. They sport pocket squares, Italian leather shoes and fitted blazers.

They are Thanos Tripi and Matty Tsoumaris, both involved in Toronto’s nightclub scene, Warren Needler and Andreas Antoniou, who work in film, and Paul Donato, who runs a wealth management firm. Between business meetings on Tuesday, they’re showing off the cavernous building that reeks of varnish as it is transformed into a bowling alley. Kim Mitchell crackles on a radio upstairs, singing of sodas and sobriety.

The Ballroom is slated to open in mid-December at the corner of Richmond and John. It will offer 10 lanes for tenpin bowling, ping pong tables, a gastropub and full service bar. This is bowling for the downtown crowd, complete with an executive chef and an official colour scheme that includes “oxblood.” Cheesy glow-in-the-dark bowling, this is not.

“We’re all young professionals and we know what our demographic wants,” says Antoniou.

The men are hoping to cash in on a shifting landscape of more condos and fewer night clubs in the heart of Toronto. They’re convinced downtowners will be willing to spend their money on bowling shoe rentals instead of tequila shots.

“The main reason I signed on was there’s no competition,” adds Donato.

The last downtown tenpin alley closed more than 30 years ago, said Jim Holmes, of the Greater Toronto Tenpin Bowling Association.

“If I won the lottery, I’d build lanes downtown,” he said.

While two of the alley’s backers are involved with the club scene, the target audience here is less Top 40, more Tom Petty.

The idea for a high-end bowling alley came from Needler and Antoniou’s Los Angeles days, where they worked in film. When Tsoumaris visited, the three university friends spent a lot of time in the city’s bowling hangouts.

When Tsoumaris returned to Toronto, he began looking for the right home for a downtown alley.

“We ran into this great space,” he said.

That was July. Renovations on the 20,000-square-foot building, which was most recently home to Montana nightclub, began in August. The bar is being topped with recycled bowling lanes; pins are being used as light fixtures. Art installations from the Queen West scene are in the works.

The only remnants of the Montana are a dozen toilets sitting on the patio. (“Our New York style washrooms,” Donato jokes.)

“It was very dark and nightclubby,” Tripi says as he walks around upstairs. “That’s not what we are.”

The Ballroom will be open from 11 a.m. until 2 a.m., leaving plenty of time for league play and corporate events between hipster nights. Tawfik Shehata, formerly of Vertical, will be chef.

The Ballroom team has poured $4 million into the Toronto location and has plans for a national rollout in other major Canadian cities.

Pricing is still being determined but Tripi said it will be in line with other boutique alleys. (Lucky Strike, an upscale alley in Vaughan, charges $45 per hour per lane, and $65 per hour per lane on weekends after 9 p.m.)

Ajith Balakuganathan, the manager of the Bathurst Bowlerama, doesn’t see the downtown lanes as competition.

“They’re going to get a lot of customers, people who are tired of going to clubs every day,” he said. “Might as well try something else.”

http://www.thestar.com/news/article...tropub-microbrews-and-a-hip-downtown-location
 

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I'm pretty excited! Gives me more interesting things to do for dates ;) haha
 

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Isn't the gastropub thing, just a little played out by now?

Just serve burgers and hotdogs and call it a day.
A good beer is hard to find on tap. I'll take this as a blessing!
 
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