New swanky bowling alley opening in Miami Township
Miami Township’s new bowling alley doesn’t have the word “bowling” in its name. Nor does it have other traditional keywords like “bowl,” “alley” or “lanes.”
The owners of the Pin Deck, a 20,000-square-foot building located on the stretch of Route 28 off Interstate 275, want potential customers to associate the venue with something other than the average neighborhood bowling alley.
They want to lift the bowling experience out of the gutter.
The Pin Deck is now open, with an official grand opening scheduled for Nov. 22.
Named for the far end of a bowling lane on which the 10 pins stand, the Pin Deck, is bowling melded with modern bells and whistles. The window-lined façade reveals the results of a six-month buildout. Inside the entrance sits a giant rectangular bar, the centerpiece of the room, where guests can order gourmet-style hot dogs off the menu and drink craft beer on tap while watching sports on a number of flat screens. To the right sit 12 lanes, where bowlers waiting their turn can sit back and gaze at projection televisions hovering above the pins.
“We don’t want to be known as your regular old grungy bowling alley,” says Pin Deck general manager Michael DuChene. “You’re not just coming here for bowling. You’re coming here for an experience.”