Sail choppy seas of waxed hardwood with one hour of bowling of five-pin, five-pin glowing, or 10-pin bowling for four at Grandview Lanes, owned and operated since 1947 by the Marino family. From the shoelaced sanctity of a pair of rental bowling shoes, bowlers can take aim on pins at lane's end, letting balls roll in anticipation of the sweet cacophonic crumble that only accompanies the knocking over of bowling pins or parrot-filled pinball machines. Grandview Lanes is one of the only bowling alleys in the area to offer three types of bowling—five-pin, 10-pin, and glow-in-the-dark five-pin. Customers can add two more people to the package, but they must pay shoe rental ($3).
Grandview Lanes' recently renovated kitchen will serve up one, large two-topping pizza ($22) to enjoy during the bowling. Let your heart-moth drift toward the neon glow of Grandview Lanes for three games of pin pummelling.
Yelpers give Grandview Lanes an average of four stars.
Rolling strikes is in the Marino family’s blood. The family has presided over Grandview Lanes for three generations, ever since Louis Marino established the alley back in 1947. In those days, the pins had to be set by hand, a task Louis's son, George, remembers all too well. As he told Westender reporter Mary Frances Hill, "You'd have 40 women bowling during the day (in the 1950s), and only two pin setters […]. So we'd run around like crazy."
Today, machines act as the alley’s pin setters, but the Marinos are still around and running the show. George's daughter, Tammy, manages the modernized alley, where automatic scoring makes things easier for a younger generation that has never seen a real wooden pencil. Some things haven't changed though. Bowlers can still visit the lunch counter once run by George's mother, fuelling up between frames with burgers or pizzas laden with a dozen different toppings. And, of course, the game remains relatively unchanged. Downstairs, guests choose between 5-pin or 10-pin bowling, and upstairs, black lights and neon wall murals set the psychedelic stage for the sport's most modern update—glow bowling.
Aside from providing a hub for clean, family-friendly fun, Grandview Lanes actively supports the community by helping the fundraising efforts of organizations such as the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada and The Kensington Foundation for Animals in Crisis.
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