WALLINGFORD — After a six-month hiatus, bowling is back on the north side of Route 5.
Colony Lanes, formerly of 600 South Colony Road, has completed its migration to the former Wallingford Bowl at 980 North Colony Road, and now operates under the Bowlero Wallingford Bowl name.
“This is so nice,” said Wallingford resident Shannon Falcigno, who made her first visit to the new facility on Friday. “New floors, new everything, really. The arcade is really nice too. They did a really good job. We’ll definitely be back.”
Among the numerous upgrades included the new arcade, which features a new air hockey table, crane machines and multiple racing games. The lounge area also received upgrades, with new flooring, TVs, tables and stools to complement the full bar.
A new menu is available for customers, full of various pizzas and burgers, as well as flavored lemonades and appetizers like nachos, mozzarella sticks, boneless wings and quesadillas.
As for the lanes themselves, bowlers can enjoy all new pins, scoring screens and flooring. According to Gary Grant, who also came over from Colony Lanes to run the new pro shop in Bowlero, the new playing surfaces and equipment have generated an overwhelmingly positive response from the league members who came from Colony Lanes.
“The scores have been higher across the board,” Grant said. “Everyone’s gotten used to the new layout. They’ve really done a nice job on this center.”
The bowling alley reopened late last month. As part of a grand opening promotion, Bowlero is offering a $20 coupon for new visitors who join their Bowlero Clubhouse program. There is also discounted bowling available on Sunday evenings.
After T-Bowl closed its doors in May, many had bowl elsewhere. Those who have returned, like what they’re seeing.
“I think it’s really nice in here,” said Meriden resident Steven Loomis, who used to bowl at T-Bowl every week before it closed, forcing him to switch to a bowling alley in Southington. “I really like the atmosphere. It’s definitely better scenery than the old place.”
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