The Grand boutique bowling alley coming to Columbia, South Carolina

Main Street’s ‘The Grand’ to feature bowling, upscale food

An artist’s rendering of the bar at The Grand. Courtesy Lambert Archtecture

In 1909, the Robinson Building in the 1600 block of Main Street — familiar to most as the former home of the Army-Navy store — was host to a vaudeville house and theater that offered “a dizzying array of entertainment,” according to newspaper reports of the time.

Today, that space is being transformed into another venture called “The Grand” – a ‘boutique’ bowling alley that will feature upscale dining.

“It’s not going to be the traditional beer and league bowling alley most people grew up with,” said Joe Nester, a vice president for Agape Senior, the hospice and elderly care company headquartered across the street.

The building’s owner — Agape’s founder and chief executive Scott Middleton — renovated three historic buildings for his headquarters at the urging of Mayor Steve Benjamin. Now he’s gotten the renovation bug, Middleton said, and is revamping the Robinson building and the adjacent Marks building

The Marks building is planned for retail space.

SOURCE: The State

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