Roundup: Bowling alley closing

April 22, 2008
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BowlingSport Bowl calling it quits
The owners of Sport Bowl, a south-side institution for 67 years, plan to close in about a week. The 32-lane bowling alley has struggled since locally based Royal Pin bought it from the Brehob family in 2006. The last day for bowling is May 4, said Susie Brehob, who manages the facility at 3900 S. East St. The owners plan to sell the building and parking lots. What would you like to see here?


Bar business healthier than newspaper business?
Front Page Bar & Grill on Mass Ave downtown has filed plans to expand into the former Cord Camera space at 317 N. Delaware St. The expansion will add about 2,000 square feet to the popular lunch and happy-hour spot.


Mmmmm, more fast food
McDonald's Corp. has filed plans to build a new restaurant at 2230 S. Sherman Dr., at the intersection with East Raymond Street. The 4,300-square-foot restaurant will replace an existing location nearby. And Long John Silvers plans to build a new restaurant at 8802 E. Washington St., between an O'Reilly Auto Parts and AutoZone. The restaurant will take 2,300 square feet.


Coming soon to Traders Point
Famous Footwear and Citibank have filed plans to take space at Traders Point along 86th Street just west of Zionsville Road. The shoe store plans to take 4,600 square feet, and the bank will take 1,600 square feet.

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  • That's great news for Front Page. Nice to see the space isn't vacant very long. As for the bowling alley? Perhaps another Dollar store or cash advance store? That neighborhood can always use another one of those.(I kid) I realize the Gateway Community Alliance is trying to revitalize the blight on that stretch from Manual HS down to 465. I wish them luck. see http://www.gatewaybusinessalliance.com/documents/STREETSCAPE-TROYTOHANNA.pdf
  • Is this the first Citibank in town? I haven't heard of them having a presence here. Could it be the harbinger of something bigger?

    It will be cool for the Front Page to expand and renovate. I've been there a few times, and while it has its charm, it is one of those places you really do not want to see in broad daylight.
  • Cory,

    I heard a rumor that the bowling alley might be temporarily converted into Obama's campaign HQ in the days leading into the primary.

    Can you confirm?
  • Just to clarify- Royal Pin isn't a part of Wurster Construction. I think it's just owned by a Wurster.
  • Thanks Michelle. I took out the reference to Wurster.
  • The City is also working on a Shelby Street Corridor Plan. Much energy there is being devoted to the southside.

    http://www.indygov.org/eGov/City/DMD/Planning/Projects/shelby_street.htm
  • Nick, its probably citibank mortgage or something like that...
  • Sophia: That's my guess as well since it isn't a freestanding location.
  • My guess the Citibank location will be an investment type office for retail. Not a good time for mortgages

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