Aug. 11--LAKE GEORGE -- If the bowling shoe fits, wear it.
The renovations underway and planned reopening of a longtime bowling alley in Lake George marks the first foray into the family-entertainment industry for local developer Dave Kenny and his son, David Kenny Jr., and daughter, Laura Kohls, who are partnering on the project. Now the pins are aligning as the new facade shapes up and they gear up to open the bowling alley and some other new indoor attractions by early September.
The family partnership bought the business at 2211 State Route 9 in the town in May 2013 from Bowl New England, which operated it as Spare Time Family Fun Center, the same name as the South Glens Falls bowling alley, which the Bohannon family now owns and operates as Kingpin's Alley Family Fun Center.
After the Kennys bought the Lake George location, the bowling alley with its Laneside Grill remained open as Lake George Bowl until closing for renovations this year. The town Planning Board in June 2013 approved a proposal to construct a large addition, upgrade the facade, regrade and pave the parking lot and improve the property's existing stormwater management plan with added landscaping.
"We wanted to do something unique and different," Kenny said.
The facade will be finished with stone and wooden composite clapboard in Adirondack style, and the family-entertainment center will include two-level laser tag, climbing structures, a 2,685 square-foot arcade and a new restaurant and lounge area along with the existing bowling lanes. A second-floor will offer a private room for parties.
The goal is to open the laser tag, arcade and bowling alley by early September with other features to follow.
There were a couple additions over the years, and those were taken down, while the plans kept the original structure of the bowling alley toward the back of the building.
Kenny said they haven't yet finalized the name of the new center.
When it went up for sale, Kenny said he and his family knew they wanted to keep the property from being turned into something else.
"We knew right away we wanted to revitalize it and bring it back to life. We didn't want to see it become something else, and we thought Lake George needed something else, to give people more to do," Kenny said.
He said they are not sure what the total investment will be for the project, but it's estimated to be in the seven figures. They bought the property for about $1.2 million.
Kenny said they're working closely with officials on the Exit 21 Route 9 Gateway plan, which aims to make the area of Route 9 from the Northway exit to the village line more pedestrian friendly.
"It will hopefully keep people in Lake George an extra day and give them something to do on a rainy day. We think it's a good plus for the community, giving it something it didn't have before," Kenny said.
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