The much-anticipated All Star Bowling Alley saw some competitive bowling action Monday night for the first time, with the staffers inviting family and friends to roll while a digital Mick Jagger watched over them above the pins.
“We’re extremely ecstatic to be opening and to be part of the Eastern Long Island community,” general manager Peter Sgroi said.
The Riverhead bowling alley on Route 25 will have a soft opening to the public Thursday between 6 p.m. and midnight, but that could extend from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m., depending upon business.
“We’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback,” Mr. Sgroi said. “We had a booth at the Polish Town fair and I think people don’t realize it’s a different ownership because a lot of people were saying, ‘Finally! You’re finally opening!”
Mr. Sgroi, who is a partner in the business, along with Jeffrey Rimland and designer Christopher Smith, said opening the business has been a swift process for them; construction started in April.
The restaurant portion of the bowling alley should “hopefully” be open by the soft opening, advised the full menu would not be initially available, Mr. Sgroi said.
“Where we’re going to start is definitely not where we’re going to take it,” Mr. Sgroi said. “We’re going to be working to make sure we’re selling the best product possible.”
With 30,000 square feet, there’s plenty of space for folks to move around.
One unique feature of the bowling alley is the rows of large screens that run above the pins. Monday night, the alley management had Mick Jagger and other performers on loop. There are also several screens around the open-air circle bar and Mr. Smith said the dining area will also feature a wall of screens that could either display several different images or one large image.
There’s also an arcade in addition to the lanes and mini golf on the property could be in store for the future.