Bowling alley to open on South Beach
By Tom Harlan
A trendy bowling and entertainment franchise plans to open this year on South Beach in a mixed-use building under construction by local developer Comras Co.
Lucky Strike Lanes, a 14-lane bowling lounge and restaurant and bar, is to open on the ground floor of The Lincoln at 17th Street and Michigan Avenue after work finishes in June, said developer Michael Comras.
Lucky Strike will face Michigan Avenue. The Lincoln is a mixed-use building with 120,000 square feet of office space, 40,000 square feet of retail space and 730 parking spaces.
"It's going to be one of more exciting things to hit Miami Beach in a long time," he said.
Comras, which co-developed The Lincoln with the Scott Robins Co. and leases the facility, recruited Lucky Strike by promoting the building's proximity to shops, restaurants and a movie theater on Lincoln Road, Mr. Comras said.
Lucky Strike Lanes was founded in Los Angeles. The company plans to add about nine alleys in California, Colorado, Florida, Texas, Missouri, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Washington, DC, according to the its Web site.
The complex will provide an alternative form of entertainment to all ages, Mr. Comras said, with themed bowling parties and tournaments.
Lucky Strike will bring another entertainment option to visitors and residents of Miami Beach, said Kevin Crowder, Miami Beach's economic development director.
Miami Beach's only bowling alley is at a city youth center.
"But this one is definitely a different concept," he said. "It's a convergence of bowling with other entertainment options South Beach is known for."