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Lucky Strike Upscale Bowling Aiming for July Opening

Lucky Strike CEO Steven Foster, accompanied by senior managers from southern California, introduced himself to the Mission Bay Citizens Advisory Committee and guests on Thursday evening. Lucky Strike is in the process of getting permits to open a location at 3rd and King Streets (at The Beacon, in the former location of Borders Books). Prior to this meeting with the Mission Bay CAC, Lucky Strike had met with residents of The Beacon three times.

Mr. Foster said Lucky Strike offers, “Upscale bowling with music, art, and a beautiful interior.”

(l to r): Lucky Strike CEO Steven Foster, President and CFO Cheryl Inouye, Corporate Executive Chef Bill Starbuck, and Office Director Shannon Martin. Photo by Jamie Whitaker.

The San Francisco location will have 12 bowling lanes. Estimated pricing will range from $4 to $9 per game, depending on the day of week and the time of day that someone wishes to play. Hours of operation are originally going to be 11 a.m. until 2 a.m. every day. All ages will be welcome until 7 p.m. (or some yet to be determined time) when Lucky Strike will only allow patrons age 21 and over.

The food menu price ranges will be approximately $6.50 to $15 with small plates intended for groups to share the primary offering. 30%-40% of revenues will likely come from the bar and alcoholic beverages. Lucky Strike also tends generate significant income from renting their locations for private parties or fundraiser events.

Lucky Strike hopes to build out a patio area along the sidewalk on 3rd Street. Neighbors concerns about Lucky Strike patrons causing a nuisance in the patio area has led to some discussion about closing the patio area around 10 p.m., but that is yet to be determined.

The bowling lanes were originally going to call for the pins get set along the 3rd Street side of the building, which would have meant the windows would have been blacked out. Luckily, Mr. Foster agreed with the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency that it would be better to leave the windows along 3rd Street where folks could see inside Lucky Strike. Above the lanes will be high-definition video screens displaying artwork from local professional (and hopefully student) artists. Lucky Strike will provide a means to put patrons in touch with the artists if there is interest in buying the displayed artwork.

Lucky Strike is currently awaiting approval of their license by the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) to sell alcoholic beverages. Building permits will be sought soon from the City and County of San Francisco.

If all goes well for Lucky Strike, Mr. Foster said that he hopes they can open in July 2011.

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