Monday, February 1, 2010

Will Deep Ellum score a strike with a bowling alley?

Deep Ellum's revival will be taking a flat-shoe'd step in the right direction if all goes according to plan with the latest business addition to the area. The previously mentioned Deep Ellum Bowl is Craig Spivey's project three years in the making that is finally becoming a reality with an anticipated opening this summer.

This isn't going to be the smokey, fluorescent-lit bowling alleys of yesteryear. These lanes will have more of an urban-feel, emulating much of the scene around the rest of Deep Ellum. In addition to 10 bowling lanes, it will include a bar, restaurant, live music and more, according to multiple message board posts from Spivey at

The biggest hurdle could be with the location. Deep Ellum Bowl will be calling 2600 Main St. home. It's the same 2600 Main that previously housed Prizm, CopperTank Brewing Co. and most recently Uropa. At just under 200-feet long and 95-feet wide, the biggest challenge could be making the various elements fit.

But Barry Annino, Deep Ellum Foundation president, said he welcomes development of that site. The long and narrow building at the corner of Good Latimer Expressway and Main serves as a doorstep to Deep Ellum, Annino said. And he wasn't shy about commenting on the exterior of the building, which he described as ugly, to say the least.

And, if Deep Ellum Bowl has daytime hours, Annino likes the possibility that it will attract more daytime-focused businesses to the area like bookstores and coffee shops, not to mention of how it could help his bowling handicap.

Travis Hudson/Producer
Dallas Morning News

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