Able to Roll: Greensboro Council Approves $ 80,000 Grant for Downtown Bowling Alley Native Information



A Greensboro developer is investing $ 3.7 million in the Bourbon Bowl, which will include six bowling alleys, a bar, a restaurant and a terrace on the corner of Lewis Street on the southern edge of downtown.


JOSEPH RODRIGUEZ / News & Record

GREENSBORO – It wasn’t a clean blow, but downtown is getting a bowling alley.

And the new venture, called Bourbon Bowl, has received a $ 80,000 grant from the city to increase its presence on South Elm Street.

A Greensboro developer is investing $ 3.7 million in the project, which will include six bowling alleys, a bar, a restaurant and a terrace on the corner of Lewis Street on the southern edge of downtown.

Double G Properties is putting the finishing touches on the project, which should be completed by August. However, when it will open is questionable given the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

An urban development grant, approved by the city council on Thursday, is paying $ 80,000 for improvements to a sprawling courtyard with a water feature, trees, and other amenities – part of a more desirable street scene in a once neglected part of downtown.

Although the council voted 6-2 to approve the grant – Councilor Michelle Kennedy was absent – the preliminary discussion was lively.

Supporters said the project represents an improvement on an inner-city corner that has decayed for decades and will attract young people to the inner city.

However, Councilor Justin Outling questioned whether it was legal for the city to give a $ 80,000 grant to a project that he believed didn’t need the money.

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