No, I did not make that headline up. The first boutique bowling alley in Dallas, Bowl & Barrel, is scheduled to open at The Shops at Park Lane near the end of November. What is a boutique bowling alley? According to owners Kyle Noonan and Josh Sepkowitz, founders of FreeRange Concepts, it’s a “classic bowling alley with a full-service restaurant and bar set in an upscale environment.” I love it.
The restaurant will feature a menu designed by Chef Sharon Hage, a nice way to hook diners who don’t bowl. I don’t have the full menu but Noonan, who admits to a bowling average of 95, tells me there will be giant baked pretzels, artisan cheese and ham boards, fresh oysters (trending!) with malt vinegar mignonette, Bologna Melt (artisanal bologna from Rudolph’s Market in Deep Ellum, Empire sourdough, caramelized onions, and melted Gruyere), and Barrel Dogs (also trending!), and custom hot dogs from Rudolph’s.