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Tired, Beloved Decatur Bowling Alley is Reborn Today

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Gutted, vintage-style space could help counter sprawling Walmart lameness

As Selig Enterprises embarked on a drastic shopping-center overhaul that included an LA Fitness and expectedly controversial Walmart on the eastern edge of Decatur, not even a community petition could save the longstanding bowling alley Suburban Lanes.

While Suburban Lanes was a community staple, its name (and facade) didn’t exactly beckon the disposable-income set looking for an alternative to Buckhead’s swanky The Painted Pin. One-dollar bowling on Thursdays was awesome. But not enough.

Today, the space is officially being reborn, as the team behind Twain’s Brewpub & Billiards debuts a fun, vintage, and more refined concept called Comet Pub & Lanes. Expect a robust beer selection (but none of Twain’s in-house brews, because Georgia laws are corruptly asinine). In place of the Suburban snack bar, bowlers can much on things like a "Chicken Waffle Dog with a Pine Street Market chicken sausage fried in batter served with a maple bacon aioli."

The 2619 North Decatur Road space has 32 lanes and can accommodate up to 300 people. For now, business hours are strictly evening.

In a press release, the Comet’s proprietors describe the venture as such:

"While taking over the former iconic Suburban Lanes, the team wanted to ensure the core stayed, with only some updates including iPad systems for scoring, brand new televisions, upgrades to the lanes and more. The space boasts 32 working lanes that can accommodate up to six bowlers per lane. In addition to the bowling lanes, guests can also sit at the wrap-around bar or play shuffleboard.

The beer menu will include an impressive number of options including 16 draft beers and 50 bottled beer options."