Town Hall Lanes Bowling Alley is now open

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Joy Summers
Good times roll at Town Hall Lanes
Bowling and beer are the milk and cookies of the marginally athletic adult set. Who better to bring these two classics together in the Nokomis East neighborhood than those who have already conquered the beer brewing craft? Pete Rifakes, founder of the Town Hall Brewery and Town Hall Tap, is bringing the two together again with the new Town Hall Lanes that opened their doors this weekend. We were invited for a press preview and got a first taste.

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Optimism in a glass
The room is filled with reclaimed wood, vintage beer signs, and a beautiful chandelier that dominates the main room. The antique bar originally came from Iowa, but they rescued it in Washington before bringing it back home and cleaning it up.

In addition to their usual brews, Town Hall adds a new blonde to the lineup with the Super Strike, brewed especially to pair with bowling. It's an all-American light beer that brings up taste memories of kegs in the garage, beachside bonfires, and that melodious sound of knocking a lot of pins down.

Food we sampled included some wings, sliders, and chips with hot and creamy, cheesy artichoke dip. The chipotle wings were smoky, spicy, and tender while a curry wing was full of that floral Indian flavor and a saltiness that paired beautifully with the beers. They didn't yet have a full menu available for us to study.

They have 10 lanes and are open for business daily at 11 a.m.

Town Hall Lanes, website
5019 34th Avenue South, Minneapolis
(612) 767-3354

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I have been coming to Town Hall Lanes almost every  weekend since they opened. I live two blocks away and was absolutely estatic that they had re-done Skylane Bowl. Over the weekends that I had been there I befriended a few bartenders (Max and Mike being my favorite). However Tonight (November 17th, 2013) I went there with three other friends (one being my brother) to play bowling and celebrate a birthday. All was great. We got one of our favorite waiters/bartenders (Max) and played at least seven games of bowling. 

However, when my birthday friend and I went up to the bar we were greeted with a very unfriendly female bartender whose name begins with the "M". We asked her for the "New" Ace cider on tap but she told us it was replaced by a raspberry cider and promptly got us two glasses without even asking our opinion of it. Needless to say it was a bit too tart and sour for our tastes. We paid for the drinks and apologized, saying we didn't enjoy the tartness of the drinks but would welcome the Super Strike when the bartender had a chance. She was very unwelcoming after that.

After getting our drinks, she not only sloshed them on the table, spilling one over half way and getting them on the birthday boy's jeans, she ignored us for a good hour, despite the fact that we moved to the bar after bowling to get better service. We were very upset. 

We complained, yet she walked away. So we wrote a simple letter on the back of the receipt… not being mean nor offensive in any way..simply stating that we disagreed with her service and we wished she would be more friendly to her patrons in the future. When she grabbed the receipt from us she immediately responded with aggression…accusing us as being drunks and "unruly" despite the fact that we never raised our voices nor said anything offensive. She told us that she refused to even speak to "drunks as us" and promptly told us to get out and that we were "86'd". 

We have been to Town Hall every weekend since their opening since we live two blocks away. We have loved the service and never caused any trouble. This is our first experience with this Indian-type woman whose name was "Maddox" etc (she kept changing it when we asked). 

One of my friends who was the designated driver at the time called and asked for the manager but was met with this woman. She immediately replied "you're the drunks that were here a second ago right? What's your name? Whatever. You're 86'ed". A simple complaint against the manager was met with a banishment? If this is how Town Hall hires and conducts their employees, I am regretful that they took the place of Skylanes Bowl and couldn't live up to their name. 

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