West Seattle Bowl: “We’re not going anywhere”

The WSB inbox gets rumor e-mails every day. We always check them out, and if they’re true, we report it here; if they’re not, we usually don’t say anything, except in an e-mail back to the original sender. Today, there’s one that we do want to mention here, even though the subject says it’s NOT TRUE: Got e-mail last night from someone saying they’d heard from a reliable source that West Seattle Bowl would be closing. Wouldn’t be hard to imagine that could make sense — other bowling alleys in the city are closing (Sunset Bowl and Leilani Lanes), and in the case of WS Bowl, the Fauntleroy Place project going in next door is going to make life on that block a little messy for a while. However, we just dropped in to ask WS Bowl in person, and manager Andy Carl says, “We’re NOT GOING ANYWHERE — our lease is good till 2017.” In fact, he told WSB, he’s doing interviews with some citywide media later this week about the future of bowling alleys in the wake of those other high-profile closures.

14 Replies to "West Seattle Bowl: "We're not going anywhere""

  • Fiona January 14, 2008 (1:34 pm)

    Yeah! My 7 year old has discovered the joys of bowling at his friends’ parties and now is asking to go all the time. Best rainy activity for that age! Those guys that run it are awesome!

  • Bonnie January 14, 2008 (1:44 pm)

    Yay! We love West Seattle Bowl. Was just up there the other day with a bunch of 3 year olds bowling/running around. Fun fun!

  • D January 14, 2008 (1:45 pm)

    So glad to hear this! We’ve already bowled there twice this month and let me tell you it’s a great place to go for a fun evening out (with or without kids). We are going to do our part to make sure this place stays put!

  • pops January 14, 2008 (1:48 pm)

    If you have kids and you haven’t taken them to the WS Bowl you should. Joe who runs the Wednesday afternoon juniors league is just great with kids.

  • E January 14, 2008 (2:02 pm)

    WS Bowl is awesome!

  • add January 14, 2008 (2:29 pm)

    Thumbs up for the Juniors League – the guys who run it are awesome and really make it fun for the kids. It’s a very safe and well organized activity! Highly recommended.

  • Lachlan January 14, 2008 (3:06 pm)

    That’s great news, we’ve had some fun times at the WS Bowl.

  • cb January 14, 2008 (5:07 pm)

    There’s a really interesting book written called “Bowling alone : the collapse and revival of American community” by Robert D. Putnam. He looks at the way that Americans used to do all sorts of social activities like bowling leagues, service groups, etc, and how those activites are failing in the face of many changes to our society, including the impact of the Internet on social interactions. Don’t let it happen in West Seattle!

  • tippy January 14, 2008 (5:43 pm)

    WS Bowl is a great place to go and spend some time. I also give the Juniors League high marks – Thanks Joe! Just wish the pro-shop stayed open on the weekends.

  • GenHillOne January 14, 2008 (7:06 pm)

    Love, love, love. It’s been too long since we’ve been, so thanks for the reminder!

  • a different BB January 14, 2008 (9:47 pm)

    I’m leaving for a year in Italy and the two things I am bringing (besides my family) to remind me of home are t-shirts from Easystreet and West Seattle Bowl. Both are classic West Seattle. Hope they’re both here for our return ;-)

  • LyndaB January 14, 2008 (11:16 pm)

    i feel the urge to bowl.

  • DALYDBL January 15, 2008 (7:25 am)

    Wii bowling just doesn’t compare. I love the vending machine with anklet socks in it. Glad they are sticking around.

  • Skip & Sharon January 16, 2008 (12:35 pm)

    It’s great to see all of the reports on Joe, and his work with the Junior Program. We’ve been a part of WS Bowls consitutency for many years now and have watched Joe grow into a very caring individual who takes his bowling seriously and has incorporated it as part of his life blood.

    We are very proud of him, and want to let you now that if you have children and want to get them involved in a team sport, and involved with good people who care about the value of what they offer, W.S. Bowl and joe are a perfect combination for it.

    Sincerely, Joe’s Mom and Dad

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