On a Roll: Bourbon Bowl Involves Downtown Greensboro | Native information
GREENSBORO – A property developer is hoping the city will grant them a grant to renovate an abandoned building in downtown on South Elm Street that would house a restaurant, bar and bowling alley.
Double G Properties, owned by Greensboro developer Paul Talley, has already started work on the project at 531 and 535 S. Elm St.
The project, called the Bourbon Bowl, is eligible for a $ 80,000 investment grant from the city. Talley plans to invest $ 3.7 million in the property, which will also include a terrace at the intersection of Lewis and South Elm Streets.
“This was badly tainted property in a major corridor,” said Zack Matheny, president and CEO of Downtown Greensboro Inc., a nonprofit corporate attorney in the downtown area.
The city council has scheduled a special meeting for Thursday at 3:30 p.m. to consider awarding a grant for the development.
Matheny said Talley has spoken with the city about the project since November 2019 and that his goal is to complete the renovation of the 10,000-square-foot building by August.
However, when the Bourbon Bowl can open depends on how well the state weather the coronavirus crisis.
A bowling alley in the heart of Greensboro is a plan Matheny has been working on for nearly four years since a UNCG research project outlined what types of businesses would attract college students downtown.