Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Bowling At "The Alley" For Jimmy V


Since it's glory days, Hillsborough Street has seen a steady decline in business and foot traffic from NC State Students. Maybe it's the lack of parking, or the lack of visual appeal that has people flocking elsewhere for fun on a Friday night, or maybe it's jut that there is nowhere fun to go anymore. That is about to change. With Hillsborough Street undergoing a massive reconstruction process (creating round-a-bouts and putting all the power line and telephone lines underground) it is also getting what is about to be the hippest new spot on the old road. In case you weren't aware,the old landmark, Western Lanes, was bought by Jimmy and Katie Poole who are in the process of renovating the lanes into a hopping "Bowling Bar", a concept which is sweeping the country (think Lucky Strike Lanes, with a sports bar twist). They've re-named it "The Alley" and we think this is a perfect idea, and is just the type of place that could help bring Hillsborough Street back to life.

Although the renovation is not yet complete, this past Thursday, "The Alley" put on a "Jimmy V: Bowl for Cancer Research Fundraiser" with all proceedes going to The V Foundation. The Poole's have a good relationship with NC State and a few tie-ins with the basketball program, giving them the opportunity to throw this celebrity-studded event.
Hosted by Chris Corchiani and Levi Watkins, many past NC State Basketball players were on hand to help support the V Foundation. Will Roach, Josh Powell and Courtney Fells all showed up and bowled for the cause. Tickets were $50, and included food, drinks and a spot in the bowling tournament and ALL the money was given to the V Foundation.

Team Corchiani finished 3rd with a combined score of 512, while Will Roach wow'd the crowd on his was to a better than pedestrian, 184. Over 200 people came out to support the V Foundation and get their first taste of "The Alley," which was a good turn out. We'd like to thank the Poole's for all their cooperation and we'd like to encourage you to take a night and check out "The Alley."

Although the renovations of the old Western Lanes may take some time, the vision for the place is outstanding. They have added flat screen TV's to every lane and put up a fresh coat of paint that makes the lanes really pop. Next up is the renovation of the old snack area, which has plans to become a real time sports bar. And word is, there might be plans to bring electronical scoring to "The Alley," a much debated topic during the Western Lane days, but surely better for business. So next time you're looking to bowl, check out "The Alley" and help support a business that supports the Wolfpack!!

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14 Responses to "Bowling At "The Alley" For Jimmy V"
  1. Jose said...
    August 19, 2009 at 9:20 AM

    Cool write up and interesting topic about the overall day to day life aspect of NCSU and surrounding area.

    I'm a big proponent of the use of the round about. Critics believe that traffic may be worsened on Western by people not wanting to deal with a hassle, but from my experience round about are actually quite easy and efficient in terms of auto use.

    I'll definitely will want to check out the new digs at "The Alley" and bowl a frame or two. I know my father in law was one of the few bummed to see Western go since he made the religious trip from across the Brickyard to there for chili practically every day. I'm sure his stomach doesn't miss it.

  2. Pack Leader said...
    August 19, 2009 at 9:47 AM

    I second Jose. The Roundabouts will bring a more open and inviting feel for both students and fans. Hillsborough soon will be the new spot for halloween, taking franklin streets place since they UNX has decided noone but current students may participate. It will be a great place for fans who arnt able to attend the game or for away games to go and watch the games around fans. I have even heard they will shut down the street and have tvs along the road and stations to play cornhole and B Pong.

    As much as I hate UNC, franklin st has always had a leg up on hillsborough. Not Any More. They can keep the crazy hippie singers and chanters.

  3. Bradford said...
    August 19, 2009 at 11:39 AM

    I wrote a 25 page paper on that whole round about/power and phone lines underground my junior year for some retarded online technical writing class. Interesting to hear they're actually doing it. I'm not a huge fan, but any upgrades to Hillsborough St are welcome. I went back to visit school this summer and was amazed at all the changes (the library is crazy now). It's good to see the school fixing up their aesthetic appeal to match the quality of the institution.

  4. morpheus647 said...
    August 19, 2009 at 11:47 AM

    If its true that they are going to shut down the street on game days that is an awesome idea. It would be great to be able to bar hop down the street while never missing a minute of the action

  5. Anonymous said...
    August 19, 2009 at 1:08 PM

    PackLeader is correct about the game day plans. If anybody has facebook there is a group already created that explains the hillsborough street shut down and gameday plans for home and away games. Its called "The Ultimate NC State Tailgate Party". I agree this would make State one of the best places to be apart of games.

  6. KarNCSU said...
    August 19, 2009 at 2:26 PM

    Just as I graduate all this stuff starts happening on Hillsborough St...


    But its much needed, I've been pretty embarrassed of Hillsborough St. while attending college here..Whenever we all went down the street, all of us would talk about all that could be done to make this street (this makes me a bit sick to say but its true) more like Franklin in terms of college atmosphere (without the hobos of course). I'm glad they are finally attacking this problem and making the changes needed

  7. Jason said...
    August 19, 2009 at 4:07 PM

    Yep, i'll miss western lanes, but welcome the "Alley". Will NCSU still offer bowling as a PE at the alley i wonder?

  8. Jose said...
    August 19, 2009 at 7:43 PM

    BTW-

    Wonder what game from back in the Reynolds days they are watching behind the bar.

  9. Anonymous said...
    August 20, 2009 at 5:39 AM

    Western Lanes was an icon (oldest bowling alley in NC, had original lanes still in place), but this sounds great. Hillsborough has potential, but only after the roundabouts and other reconstruction to make it more pedestrian friendly.

    The only places to drink there across from school late at night are Pi Bar, 5:00 sports bar (but somebody got raped there so..) and Sadlack's. You have to go down the street to Preppy East Village, sketchy Katmandu,Farmhouse or PB's.

    Glad to hear something else cool is being added.

  10. Jason said...
    August 20, 2009 at 8:49 AM

    ^you forgot one of the most nostaligic place, Player's Retreat! Cool place, good food, assortment of cast, and lots of old sports related photos on the wall.

  11. Pack Leader said...
    August 20, 2009 at 11:27 AM

    I grew up eating at Two Guys...

    I loved their food and atmosphere.

  12. Anonymous said...
    August 21, 2009 at 4:55 AM

    ^very true about PR!

    As far as 2 guys.. I went about 3-4 times a couple of years ago and 2 of those times were the worst experiences I've had going out to eat. It's fallen off HARD

  13. Cindy Tyndall, aka Mrs. O'Toole said...
    August 28, 2009 at 9:49 AM

    I am really excited about the renovations at The Alley, and I support the new owners 100%. I hadn't heard about the Hillsborough Street shutdown for football games...that sounds great!
    How could no one above have mentioned Mitch's as a great bar?!? It has such character!

  14. Anonymous said...
    August 28, 2009 at 2:59 PM

    I attended the Jimmy V fundraiser at the Alley. It was so much fun and all the employees were so nice. I was blown away by the "lady in red" who was at the front desk. Even as busy as she was she always had a smile on her face. Unfortunately, I do not remember her name. She was very nice and made me want to bring my friends here to bowl.
    Everyone working the fundraiser was nice and seemed to be enjoying theirselves. Thanks for such a good time.

 

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