By CYNTHIA KMETT
When Jeff Forman purchased the bowling alley formerly know as Troy Lanes four years ago, he had a few ideas for some updates. As of this month, those updates are now operational under the bowling alley’s new name, Escape, and they added a lot of new amenities.
Don’t worry, it’s still a bowling alley, with 30 lanes, eight of them set aside in a private space for a party or perhaps a VIP corporate experience, or maybe a place to celebrate if you win your league title this year.
Leading a tour of the renovated facility is General Manager Ryan Pino, who has lots of changes to point out. Let’s start at the Arcade, where you, or your kids, will find 27 new, high-tech games to challenge your competitive spirit. They are all played off a card that you load funds on, and when you win, the card keeps track of your points, which you may later trade in for treasures, all displayed near the front desk.
The most tempting part of this section of Escape might be Laser Tag. It’s a two-story format and you can peek down from the second level and see if your opponents are good victims, targets. You can drop in any time and for $8 you get a 20-minute session that comes with instructions and use of the high-tech Helios equipment, that will not be found anywhere else within 50 miles of this location.
Working up an appetite? Pino leads the way to the new Eats and Crafts Restaurant, where Executive Chef Xavier Delossantos is busy developing a menu everyone will find tempting. There will even be a brunch on Saturdays and Sundays, starting in two weeks. And just outside the main eatery, there’s a full service bar. There’s also a private dining room for special events. The restaurant is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. until midnight, Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. and Sunday from 1 a.m. to midnight.
Just across the way are the party rooms for birthday parties for kids. Pino has found a group of helpers for the parties and even taught then magic tricks and how to make balloon animals to keep the kids entertained. They offer a cupcake birthday party, but you can bring your own cake if you need some superhero on it. This room also works for a retirement party, baby or wedding shower, or any adult gathering. The two rooms can be opened to accommodate your guest list
While there’s some outside work still underway on the building that might make you think it’s not open yet, that’s just a weather delay. Escape opens every day at 9 a.m. and at noon on Sunday for bowling. And there will be lots of leagues for adults and bowling adventures for the kids come summer, Pino promises.
This is going to be an Escape the entire family will enjoy. It’s on Square Lake Road, just west of John R. For details or to reserve your party space, call 879-8700.