Bowlero bowling to bow in Boca Raton

Rod Stafford Hagwood, South Florida Sun Sentinel

For a while there it seemed that bowlers in Boca Raton were getting nothing but gutter balls.

The storied Strikes At Boca lanes closed in September after 39 years. But now word comes that the same spot will soon be a Bowlero center sometime this year, bringing new poshness to the old bowling alley experience.

“Bowleros feature black light bowling, large video screens, interactive arcade games, high energy music,” explains Andrew Hirsch, district manager of the South Florida Bowlero Corp. “But we can switch the venue from high energy ... to what league bowlers are looking for, too.”

The news comes on the heels of swanky Strike 10 Bowling and Sports Lounge reportedly opening around the same time at Mizner Park. Boca Raton’s Strike 10 would be its second South Florida location after the original in the Village at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach.

Bowlero already has several locations in Dania Beach, Davie, Margate, Pembroke Pines, Tamarac, Miami and Jupiter (the company also includes the AMF and Bowlmor Lanes bowling brands totaling 300 bowling venues nationwide).

Although it is too early to say for sure, Hirsch surmises that the new Bowlero at 21046 Commercial Trail — which over the years has been Don Carter’s All Star Lanes and Boca Bowl — will closely resemble the Bowlero in Jupiter in its interior design and layout. He also says it’s too soon to list any prices.

However, he does say that visitors can expect “upscale pub fare” in the bar/lounge area with a menu that includes hand-pressed burgers, tacos and a focus on shareable items such as giant pretzels, chicken wings and mozzarella sticks.

There are even shareable cocktails such as:

The 123-ounce Dunk Tank (Bacardi Black, Bacardi Coconut, Bacardi Silver, BOLS Amaretto and assorted juices) for four people.

The 101-ounce Mega Mule (Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Q Ginger beer and single pressed lime juice) for three people.

Jeff Evans of the Comras Company, a commercial real estate firm that represents Bowlero throughout Florida, says he thinks that Bowlero is a good fit for Boca Raton.

“There’s lots of demand for bowling in South Florida in general,” Evans said from his office in Miami Beach. “South Floridians love bowling. Boca is a strong demographic. It was an older lane that existed there before. The neighborhood needed an upgrade in entertainment. It is a major market.”

For his part, Hirsch sums it up with, “Boca has a need for high-end entertainment in general.”