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Restaurant, bowling alley, ax throwing and arcade are coming to Newark

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For the first time in more than a decade, Newark appears to be getting a bowling alley.

It will also be an axe-throwing venue, a host to live music, an arcade, a pub with boob-filled nachos and space for birthday parties.

That’s right: Lefty’s Alley and Eats is coming to Newark.

Lefty’s, a popular bowling alley and family entertainment center in Lewes, will begin construction this year on a new location on the south side of The Grove mixed-use shopping complex in Newark, according to applications approved by the city of Newark on Monday.

Plans for the 41,000-square-foot space – formerly home to a Kmart – call for 16 lanes for ‘luxury 10-pin bowling’, 4 lanes for Duckpin bowling, ax throwing, TopGolf simulators, Krazy Darts, a full booze pub license and an indoor and outdoor patio, and a small stage for live music.

Lefty’s owner DJ Hill did not respond to questions from Delaware Online/The News Journal on Tuesday, but wrote in his application to the city of Newark that he hopes to begin construction in the fall of 2024.

He described Lefty’s to Newark city council members as a bowling alley and entertainment center with “interactive entertainment and surprisingly good food.”

“Bowling alley food” is a phrase that rarely inspires optimism, The News Journal’s Ryan Cormier noted in 2017 when Lefty’s opened its $9.5 million Lewes location.

Cormier called Lefty’s part of a “new generation of fortified bowling alleys” that has spread across the country this millennium — with better food, many more entertainment options and maybe even a touch of luxury.

At Lewes Lefty’s, dining options range from smashburger patty melts and cheesesteaks to herb-crusted salmon and chicken parmagiana platters. The cocktails include beachy orange or lemon crues, as well as variations on mai tais and Manhattans. Pinot noir is present. A dozen beer taps include Delaware craft beer from Dogfish Head and Dewey.

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When it opens in The Grove, Lefty’s will join an increasingly broad spectrum of businesses there. Development of the mixed-use Grove, located in the former College Square shopping center, began in 2019 after developer Fusco Management of New Castle promised a live-work-play complex with walkability and modern amenities intended to appeal to young professionals and idlers. directly.

Businesses in The Grove now include a WSFS bank branch, a chicken finger fast food restaurant called Raising Cane’s, a physical therapy and rehabilitation center and a First Watch brunch restaurant.

A Starbucks, a Del Pez Mexican Gastropub location and a Crunch Fitness are all scheduled to open this year.

When it opens, the Grove Lefty’s will support 45 full-time jobs, owner Hill told the Newark City Council, amounting to $1.7 million in taxable income.

Newark’s last bowling alley, Blue Hen Lanes, closed in June 2014 after 53 years. It was located at the rear of the Newark Shopping and has since been replaced by an apartment complex.

At the time, the closure left the western half of New Castle County without a downtown. Pike Creek Lanes in Pike Creek Valley closed in 2009, while Brookside Bowl in the Newark Brookside Shopping Center went out of business after a fire in 2002.

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Matthew Korfhage is a Delaware business and development reporter covering all things land and money: openings and closings, construction and the many businesses that call the First State home. Send tips and insults to [email protected].