Bowling alley coming to North Point?

Site rendering of proposed North Point bowling alley

The City of Alpharetta has received a request to allow a bowling alley along North Point Parkway. The site under consideration is the five acre parcel of land adjacent to Bahama Breeze.  This site has sat idle for nearly ten years.

According to architectural renderings obtained by this blogger, a 60,000 square foot bowling alley and entertainment center would be constructed on the site.

This location once held two stand-alone restaurants (name them both and you’ll pick up the spare). In 2007 the restaurants were demolished and the property rezoned for a mix of retail, office and restaurant uses. These plans never came to fruition and are no longer viable given current market conditions.

The property owner seeks a change in master plan and a conditional use permit to allow the bowling alley use on the property. The request will be heard by Alpharetta’s Planning Commission in August and later by Council.

The application comes shortly after another entertainment complex begins construction in Alpharetta. Top Golf has begun clearing land for their massive new complex off West Side Parkway.

The potential owner or operator of the bowling alley has not been revealed to the city. Bowling alley operator Stars and Strikes has a corporate office on North Point very near to this site, but sources with the company say they are not involved with this project. Instead Stars and Strikes is planning a new location in Sandy Springs at the corner of Roswell Road and Dunwoody Place.

Artist rendering of potential entertainment options

Blogger Eli Zandman wrote a story back in May about Brunswick’s new Tavern 45 concept currently being rolled out in Norcross and Marietta. Other bowling concepts mentioned in his article include Dave and Busters, AMF and Lucky Strike Lanes. Might one of these be considering Alpharetta?

Will a bowling alley be compatible with the development around the mall? Which concepts would you like to see come to town? Leave me a comment.

8 Responses to “Bowling alley coming to North Point?”

  1. A July 11, 2013 at 7:57 am #

    Love the Lebowski photo! I think a bowling alley or other entertainment complex like Dave & Buster’s would do well here. Other than the movies, there’s nothing but shops and restaurants all up and down Northpoint Pkwy. I do wonder if it’s not a bit out of the way for the usual mall-going crowd. You’d have to know it’s there since it’s not necessarily where a lot of people happen to drive by to get to the mall/shops area. I would think most people come in from Mansell and maybe Haynes Bridge.

  2. Eli July 11, 2013 at 8:23 am #

    Going for the STRIKE (as I’m ITP) and gonna say Jimmy P’s Sports Bar and Fratelli di Napoli.

    As to the idea of bowling here, I say yes! There seem to be limited options for entertainment in the area and an upscale bowling concept could be just the thing the NP area needs. I’ve been to Brunswick’s in Cobb and could easily see something like it replicated for that site.

    Thanks for the update!

  3. JP July 11, 2013 at 8:26 am #


    I remember Razoo’s Cajun Cafe and Fratelli di Napoli at that location. If I remember correctly, Fratelli later became some sort of sports bar with live music.

    I’m looking forward to something (okay, anything) building out that space.

  4. Glen July 11, 2013 at 8:55 am #

    Interesting. I can’t remember the name of the 2 restaurants. There was a Japanese place, but I think that finally got rented by another similar restaurant. Not sore of the placement of this. It would probably do better in one of the two(soon to be empty)movie theaters, but they wont be available for awhile. Hopefully this will bring some development to that area of NorthPoint, and that brand new empty shopping center can finally get some tenants. About Stars and Strikes in Sandy Springs, I drove by that corner yesterday. There is a old nearly deserted shopping center: North River Village Shopping Center, but I don’t see any part that would be big enough to support a place like this.

  5. Scott Long July 11, 2013 at 10:49 am #

    What will the skateboarders do if their homemade skate park is taken away? I home someone is thinking of the skaters!

  6. Annie Winder September 24, 2013 at 9:31 pm #

    I say yes to this wonderful idea. There are many companies surrounding this, area and the employees love to bowl. Many have created their own bowling leagues. So yes yes. I go there often from Cherokee County instead of driving to Atlanta. So Alpharetta Ga is the place for a bowling alley.

  7. Aaron January 7, 2014 at 4:57 pm #

    Who (if anyone) has been awarded the pro shop space in this bowling center? I am familiar with all aspects of the operations of a pro shop and ball drillings and would like to know who to contact regarding setting up a shop. Post a response with contact information and I will get a notification to this post.

    Kind regards,

  8. Aaron January 7, 2014 at 5:00 pm #

    I know the facility is not built yet. I am hoping for information should it become a bowling center.

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