Problems with equipment deliveries are being blamed for the delayed opening of the Lucky Strike Lanes in the Houston Pavilions project Downtown. The party and pool venue, 16-lane bowling alley, and restaurant was originally supposed to debut this Wednesday, but now may not open for business until the beginning of next year. There are 20 other Lucky Strikes open or planned; the Pavilions location will be the first in Texas.
Meanwhile, all is swell at the new 300 Houston, the reimagined and rebranded former AMF Bunker Hill Lanes bowling alley that opened earlier this month near the Memorial City Mall:
. . . instead of an apathetic teen in a ill-fitting polo attending bowlers’ needs, each lane is outfitted with its own personal lane captain who is outfitted in a tuxedo vest.
“[The captain will] get them their drinks, get them any food and beverage that they want, take care of any issues on the lane – if they have a scoring issue, they miss a frame, one of the pins gets stuck – the lane captain takes care of all of that and they close out with the lane captain,” [Sales Manager Jill Maxwell] says. Before that you head to an equipment specialist who sizes you for a ball, gets your shoes and escorts you to your lane.
The 300 Houston is the latest in a family of similarly numbered venues in 7 other cities, including Dallas and Austin.
“Everything is served on fine china. We have an executive chef who was [formerly] with [Morton’s] Steakhouse and has studied all over the world,” Maxwell says. There’s also a full bar and a couple of tables and chairs in the entry way as well as a small lounge with large, leather chairs and sofas.
Inside Club 300, a 7-lane private bowling suite with bar:
- Bowling on hold as blues start with blast at Houston Pavilions [Houston Business Journal]
- Ignore The Coming Depression By Bowling Luxuriously [Hair Balls]
- Lucky Strike Lanes
- 300 Houston (automatic soundtrack)
- A Soft Opening for Houston Pavilions [Swamplot]
Images of 300 Interiors: 300; Photo of special-event food at 300 Houston: Dusti Rhodes