SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A plan to a build lounge-style venue with a video-game arcade and eight-lane bowling facility on the top floor of a building in the Santa Fe Railyard would return the sport to the state capital for the first time since 2008.
Railyard developer Allen Branch says the new 20,000-square-foot entertainment business also will feature food reminiscent of what was served at the Estrada Room, a dark, smoky annex to the old Coronado Lanes bowling alley. Coronado Lanes was a hot spot for decades before closing in the 1980s.
The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/ZxY3NI ) the owners of the Holiday Bowl and Leisure Bowl in Albuquerque will run Ringside Bowl Bar and Grub as their third venue.
Branch said he's excited that bowling will return to Santa Fe, saying he frequented the old Coronado lanes as a boy.
"It was a big hangout," said Branch, who recalled going with his mother to league bowling events, as well as meeting with friends to play Donkey Kong in Coronado's heyday.
"And now bowling is coming back," he said. "They are called bowling lounges. It's not bowling alleys anymore. There are not 100 lanes. There are eight lanes. The food is upscale. It's really a different vibe."
The bowling lounge will be located on the south end of Market Station, above the Flying Star restaurant. The city of Santa Fe recently purchased the rest of the building's second story and plans to use it for offices.
An application for a building permit is pending city approval. The bowling lounge is scheduled to open on the first weekend in May, Branch said.
While perhaps the most famous bowling alley in the city, Coronado wasn't the first. A six-lane alley called Zia Lanes was open in the late 1930s on Marcy Street. Santa Fe's last bowling alley was Silva Lanes, which shuttered in 2008, when Art Silva said it was no longer profitable.
Silva Lanes, which is still vacant, was originally called BG's Kiva Lanes, named for Bill Grandstaff, also founder of Coronado Lanes. For now, the closest place to bowl near Santa Fe is the Strike Gold Lanes in Pojoaque.
Information from: The Santa Fe New Mexican, http://www.sfnewmexican.com