First public bowling alley opening downtown

By Stacy

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- Downtown Charleston made one more strike off its list.

A public bowling alley called The Alley was the newest attraction in the changing upper King area.

"I see in five years a ton of retail development and more residential development. We see a lot of flowing, walking traffic around this area," managing partner{}David Crowley said.

The Alley is located in an old liquor distribution warehouse. Managing partners David Crowley and Jimmy Poole said they already{}had a location in Raleigh, N.C. They said they planned{}the new location for three years.

"There's not a better event market in the southeast than Charleston, South Carolina," Crowley said.

While The Alley was the first public bowling alley in the downtown area, the business partners said bowling{}was just the beginning; it also featured an arcade, full bar, restaurant and plenty of space for events.

"It's good, affordable comfort food," managing{}partner{}Jimmy Poole said.

They worked with the owners of Home Team BBQ to create the menu of French bread pizzas and sandwiches, Poole said.{}The fully-stocked bar and even old-fashioned skeet ball machines made this Alley much more than a few lanes.

"It allows us to bring people together and groups together, in a very community setting," Poole said.

The Alley plans to open next Tuesday, with{}hours from 11 a.m.{}to 2 a.m., seven days a week.

The Alley is located at 131 Columbus Street,{}one block from King Street.