The Gardner Family of Leesburg (all 2 of us) has decided on a new tradition. Whenever a new restaurant opens up in the Village, we are going on opening night! Tonight was the opening night of the King Pinz Bowling Center and Sports Bar & Grille. Now this is no ordinary bowling alley. Oh no, my Friends. Read the presser.
Lounge sofas. Filet Mignon sliders. Automated bumpers. This sure isn’t dad’s league-night hangout. The Village at Leesburg, the new mixed-use development on the east end of Leesburg that recently ushered in a Wegmans, landed a new tenant that marries beer swilling and embroidered shirts with cocktails and designer labels: a hip bowling alley.
And so as we casually stroll down the block to the “bowling alley” hoping for a traditional Grand Junction Bowling Lanes greasy burger atop an equally greasy browned bun and greasy fries followed by a lot of napkins and lemonade. We are cheerfully greeted and seated in a white leather high back booth that, seriously, could comfortably seat 6 adults and handed a colorful laminated menu. Um, I guess we don’t just walk up to the grille and holler out “hey, can I get a burger plate please?” and hear the customary response “got four ahead of you so hang on”. Well, trying to noodle out (Ricky’s phrase) a little bit of the past, I order the burger and fries, Hubs opts for the Rib eye Steak and Cheese Philly style sandwich. Okay, so I did not get the greasy burger with the greasy paper in the little plastic gizmo; what I did get was a lean charbroiled ground sirloin patty on a kaiser roll and salt and pepper seasoned fries that would knock you socks off. And if I had been wearing any, that would have been the consequences! Delightful surprise. I fear we will be back. Often.
Gary Reedy said King Pinz is one of the first forays of the bowling alley-lounge concept, also called “boutique bowling,” into the suburbs.
Oh, did I mention the VIP suite that houses private lanes and by reservation only? And THAT, my readers – is a BOWLING alley!