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UPDATING OUR LANES

Posted on: July 30, 2015

After 50 plus years, the all wood lanes at Hilliard’s Ten Pin Alley are making the change to a synthetic overlay. Ten Pin Alley is (was) one of the last all wood centers in Columbus.

To put it frankly, back in the day, all lanes were wood. But then in the 80’s, a new synthetic material was invented; a pressed paper product which acted as a new type of lane – longer lasting and easier to maintain.

So what’s that mean? Every couple years any center with all wood lanes would need to sand and smooth their lanes. Even though the oil used daily on bowling lanes helps protect them, they do get banged up quite a bit resulting in numerous dents, bumps and scratches –  imagine a 14 pound weight thrown thousands of times and you’ll get the idea. So every couple years the lanes would require a fine sanding along the length of the lane, followed by a new polishing and chemical sealant. However you can only sand so many times over the course of decades until the wood is too thin for use.

Here’s a look at the before and after:

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It will be nice to not have to do that anymore. Some of you may have visited during that time and remember the smells. It would be pretty rough in here for those few days. We would close to the public, open all the doors and use fans, but it’s a strong smell and you had a heck of a headache when you got home.

That type of maintenance will no longer be needed as the new overlay is stronger, longer lasting and created to take the punishment of balls being dropped, thrown and slid across it thousands of times a week.  Another added benefit is the oil will remain on the lanes longer, as wood lanes have a tendency to soak up most of the oil over the course of the day.

So are we ripping up the whole lane? No it’s an overlay and the entire lane is not being replaced. Only the top ½ inch is being removed, and that’s only at the initial foul line. From that initial depth the wood moves up at angle until it levels out. The rest of the lane is stripped and the overlay goes on top.

Here’s a picture of the guys at work:

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The approach (the area you stand and walk-up to throw your ball) will remain wood and receive a nice sanding and polish when everything is completed.

The crew responsible for this is Ten Pin Construction, one of the only available for this type of work, and led by Brian Sashko. Brian and his crew have been kind enough to work through the night (from close to open), doing two lanes per evening to minimize the impact on summer bowling. Brian says this is one of the busiest bowling alleys he’s ever seen during the summer. Thanks summer pass!

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Total construction time was expected to take 2 weeks and they’re entering the home stretch; hoping to be done by Monday. In addition to the new look and feel, the synthetic lanes POP a lot more under black lights, providing a nice glow for late night bowling.

Here’s a shot of some completed lanes next to the remaining few that need done. Quite a difference!

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New Menu Features!

Posted on: July 10, 2015

Welcome to “Kitchen Features”, our new monthly series of special dishes developed for those who want a little more out of their dining experience at Ten Pin Alley.

The items we’ll be developing will challenge both us and your opinion about what you can expect from a bowling center.

This July we’ve incorporated spicy chorizo sausage into a couple of our selected items, plus brought back a summer staple – the BLT.

We will also continue to offer a few of the specials from June. The steak sandwich was so popular we’ve added it permanently to the main menu and you may still purchase a couple of the salmon dishes as well! Thank you for making them so successful and giving them a try.

Appetizers

Queso Fundido $7
House made queso dip featuring spicy chorizo sausage. Served with fresh made tortilla chips and jalapenos.

Sandwiches

Ten Pin’s BLT $8
Apple-wood smoked bacon, tomato and lettuce, served on grilled Ciabatta roll with a sriracha mayo spread. Served with fresh cut fries.

Alley Chrorizo Burger $9
Blend of chorizo sausage and ground sirloin served on a grilled Brioche bun. Topped with lettuce, tomato, onions, sriracha mayo, Cheddar cheese and avocado. Served with hand cut fries.

Pizza

Mexican Chorizo Pizza $14
Spicy chorizo sausage, tomato, black olives, onions, jalapeno mozzarella and Cheddar cheese. Drizzled with sour cream and cilantro.

HELD OVER!

Salmon BLT $11
Traditional BLT with salmon. Served on toasted Ciabatta bread with a garlic and herb boursin cheese spread. Served with your choice of cole slaw or fresh cut fries.

Greek Smoked Salmon Salad                      Sm. $7             Lg. $11
Salmon served atop baby spinach, black olives, tomatoes, Feta cheese with a lemon vinaigrette dressing.

Assorted Ice Cream Treats
Choose from assorted cool, new dessert options for those hot summer days! Currently available: Luigi’s Lemon real Italian Ice, M&M Ice Cream Cookies and Klondike Choco Taco. Prices and selection may vary.

Your feedback is always welcome. So please let us know what you think!

New Menu Features!

Posted on: June 3, 2015

Welcome to “Kitchen Features”, our new monthly series of special dishes developed for those who want a little more out of their dining experience at Ten Pin Alley.

The items we’ll be developing will challenge both us and your opinion about what you can expect from a bowling center.

This June our kitchen took two popular items, salmon and sirloin, and created a variety of tasty items options.  The 5 oz. salmon is cedar smoked and prepared medium rare unless otherwise specified. The 5 oz. sirloin is grilled to order.

Oh…we also have new frozen desserts. Enjoy!

Sandwiches

Salmon BLT $11
Traditional BLT with salmon. Served on toasted Ciabatta bread with a garlic and herb boursin cheese spread. Served with your choice of cole slaw or fresh cut fries.

Ten Pin Steak Sandwich $11
Served on grilled Ciabatta bread with a garlic and boursin cheese spread and caramelized onions. Served with fresh cut fries.

Salads

Ten Pin Steak House Salad              Sm. $7             Lg. $11
Sirloin served atop lightly dressed greens with a house vinaigrette, bleu cheese, bacon and tomatoes.

Smoked Salmon Greek Salad                      Sm. $7             Lg. $11
Salmon served atop baby spinach, black olives, tomatoes, Feta cheese with a lemon vinaigrette dressing.

Knife & Fork

Steak & Fries $10
As simple as it sounds. The 5 oz. sirloin, seasoned and cooked to order and served with fresh cut fries.

Salmon and Brussels Sprouts $10
The cedar smoked salmon served with crispy Brussels sprouts.

Desserts

Assorted Ice Cream Treats
Choose from assorted cool, new dessert options for those hot summer days! Currently available: Luigi’s Lemon real Italian Ice, M&M Ice Cream Cookies and Klondike Choco Taco. Prices and selection may vary.

Your feedback is always welcome. So please let us know what you think!

2015 Summer Bowling Pass

Posted on: May 1, 2015

Ten Pin Alley’s popular summer bowling pass is back and now available!

2015 Pass – $75

As in previous years the standard benefits are as follows:

  • Up to 1 Hour on 1 Lane
  • Up to 6 Pairs of Shoes
  • Valid once a day during regular business hours (latenight – 10pm and later – Friday and Saturday not included)
  • Not valid on reservations

The 2015 pass is valid from June 1st through November 1st! That’s over 150 hours of bowling for only $75.

You may purchase your pass online below, stop in or call 614-876-2475. The pass will be available for pick up on May 15th!

Purchase the Summer Pass

Zauber Brewing Beer Tasting

Posted on: February 5, 2015

Join us February 24 as we welcome Zauber Brewing to the alley for our second in a series of tasting events. Last month Seventh Son Brewing Co brought five brews and our kitchen paired each with a unique dish as Seventh Son’s head brewer discussed each one. If you missed out on last month’s event, you can check out what was paired with what on our FB page here. Who knows what the kitchen will have in store this time, but if you don’t want to miss out, register today (last month’s tasting sold out).

Date: Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Time: 7pm start time one
Where: Ten Pin Alley
What:

  • Representatives from Zauber Brewing will be on hand discussing, tasting and answering questions on five select brews*.
  • Ten Pin Alley will be providing specially prepared food to compliment each beer.
  • Open bowling until close after the tasting!

Cost: $35 per person. Includes all the above.

Space may be limited so we recommend reserving your spot by calling in advance 876-2475 or email info@tenpinalleyandspikes.com.

*BEER DETAILS! Here is a description of the beers that will be featured:

1. “Mypoic Red”: German Red. 5% ABV. This nutty old school ale is a great everyday beer, after one taste, not requiring us to look any further, particularly north.
2. “Berzerker”: Belgian IPA. 5.4% ABV. Zauber’s own take on an American icon. All the hoppy flavor you’d expect from an IPA with a fruity bouquet from our unique Belgian style yeast.
3. “Magnum”: Belgian Copper Ale. 5.4% ABV. This beer is inspired by the great beers of Belgium, in particular the Trappist beers. Zauber’s goal was to create a beer in this spirit in our quest for wisdom.
4. “Vertigo”: Hefeweizen. 5.4% ABV. Vertigo is a condition when the world gets a bit cloudy, fuzzy if only for a little while… just like a Hefeweizen.
5. “Nitro PorterGeist”: German Porter. 5% ABV. This brew is a Nitro take on our standard – a cross between a Porter and a Schwartzbier, with all the best parts of both. Our black Alt is so good it’s spooky.
BONUS BEER #6! “Ominus”: Belgian Imperial Stout. 9% ABV. Balanced malty, hoppy flavors give a great bittersweet combination. A Plumy-Belgian backbone with plenty of roasty toasty flavors of a dark beer.

We can’t say what they’ll be paired with (that’s a surprise – and we don’t know yet), but we’re pretty sure you’ll enjoy it – did you check out what we created last month? So there you go! Six beers from Zauber Brewing Co., five of which will be featured on draft all that week! Get your tickets now and we’ll see you on Tuesday, the 24th!

Seventh Son Beer Tasting

Posted on: January 19, 2015

Beers and bowling! A perfect match if there ever was one. We hope you’ll join us along with local Seventh Son Brewing Co for our January tasting event.

Date: Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Time: 7pm start time
Where: Ten Pin Alley
What:

  • Seventh Son head brewer Colin Vent will be on hand discussing, tasting and answering questions on five select brews*.
  • Ten Pin Alley will be providing specially prepared food to compliment each beer.
  • Prizes from Seventh Son and Ten Pin Alley
  • Open bowling until close after the tasting!

Cost: $35 per person. Includes all the above.

Space may be limited so we recommend reserving your spot by calling in advance 876-2475.

*BEER DETAILS! Here is a description of the beers that will be featured:

  1. Seventh Son Strong Ale: A ruddy amber American Strong clocking in at 7.7% abv. Grapefruit and stone fruit hop aroma and character are balanced by a rich red malt backbone. A precise blend of 7 hops go into the brewing and dry hopping process. From Flannery O’Connor to Iron Maiden the Seventh Son of a Seventh Son is embedded in American culture as a powerful harbinger of good fortune; what better name for our flagship ale?
  2. Humulus Nimbus: A pale golden ale that is both super crisp and super hop forward with a refreshing mouthfeel and a summer friendly 6% abv. Mosaic & simcoe hops lend tart blueberry and fragrant pine to a pleasingly bitter dandelion finish. We wanted the hops to be the star in this seasonal offering taking its name from both the hop plant, Humulus Lupulus, and its light color and cloud-like feel, nimbus.
  3. Oast Oat Pale Ale: Takes its name from the old English structure for drying fresh hops after the harvest. Oast is a sessionable pale ale brewed with 30% oats. Nelson Sauvin, Citra, Galaxy and Simcoe provide layers of fruit such as mango, white grape and gooseberry, along with some bitter pine and spice. Very light bodied and crisp with a clean finish. 4.2% abv
  4. Scientist IPA: In the spirit of scientific inquiry we bring you an ever evolving IPA. Each batch will have a slight shift of one ingredient. One batch could have a small proportion of one malt swapped for another, the next batch may change the amount of a particular hop during the boil, a later batch may change out a hop variety entirely. Starting with a light bodied, hop forward IPA, we will take small intentional steps towards finding just the right balance of floral, citrus and tropical hop notes. For the foreseeable future, each time you taste this beer, it will be different from the last. 6.75% abv
  5. Wee Beastie (Wee Heavy) – DESCRIPTION COMING SOON, however this brand new feature beer from Seventh Son will be first tapped here at Ten Pin Alley and you to try it! Pre-release!

So there you have it beer lovers. Five brews plus food followed by some good old fashioned bowling. Hope to see you on the 27th!

Thanksgiving Weekend Specials!

Posted on: November 18, 2014

Thanksgiving weekend is approaching and we have a ton of things going on at Ten Pin Alley!

With family and friends in town for the holidays everyone is looking for something fun to do and we’ve got you covered all weekend. So much so in fact that we need more space to write about it so we figured here would be best.

WEDNESDAY, 11/26

Wednesday? Yes, Wednesday, night specifically. It’s traditionally a huge bar night as friends and relatives are in town and together for the weekend so there are mini reunions held all over the place! Instead of going to a boring bar and sitting there, do some bowling (and drinking).

  • Reserve one lane (up to 8 people) for only $25 from 10pm until 12am. All shoes are included. PLUS…
  • $1 OFF all “Crafts and Drafts”, plus our standard bucket specials ($10 for 5 domestic bottles). You can check out our extensive beer list here.

THURSDAY, 11/27

We will be closed on Thanksgiving.

FRIDAY, 11/28

If you’re not into shopping or want to do something fun after shopping, stop in and take advantage of these deals!

  • FREE shoes all day
  • Earn some extra “Bowling Bucks”- For every $50 you spend you get a bonus card for $10 to be used by the end of the year
  • Buy any large pizza and get a second large cheese 50% OFF
  • $2 basket of French fries all day
  • Drink specials
  • Reserve a lane for late night bowling! Only $25 per lane from 10:30pm until 1am That’s two and a half hours of bowling (including shoes) for only $25!

 SATURDAY, 11/29

Everything listed above for Friday is also available Saturday, plus don’t forget about our OSU football package:

  • OSU v Michigan! One lane for the whole game for only $25. Take advantage of all the food and drink specials throughout the game. Reserve your lane today before they’re gone!

That’s it! Lots to do and some great offers for your friends and family to spend some time together this holiday weekend. If you have any questions, please give us a call at 876-2475 or email at info@tenpinalleyandspikes.com!

Fall Menu Update!

Posted on: October 2, 2014

We are very excited to announce some recent changes and additions to our menu! This isn’t a complete menu overhaul, but some items have been tweaked, added and/or removed and we felt that mentioning them all at once would be helpful. Plus pictures, because everyone loves pictures, right?

The menu has been streamlined. We’ve kept the best and made some of those even better.

Appetizers:

Price Reduced!
We’ve reduced the price on our French Fries and Alley Fries.

Added:
We’ve added a new option for our fries; “Old School” loaded fries. These are simply our delicious hand cut and seasoned fries with melted Cheddar and crumbled bacon (not the cheap bacon bits, but chopped bacon). Old school tasty, and only $5.

Plus, we’ve added a special ‘Wings and Rings’ combo. 6 wings and a handful of rings.

Take a look…

oldschoolloadedfries  wings-and-rings

Better:
If you liked our wings before you’re going to love them now. And if you hadn’t tried them before now’s your chance as these are the best we’ve done and would put them against any wings in the area. Why? We now cook our wings from fresh – NOT FROZEN (you’d be surprised how many wings out there start frozen). You can now also get them breaded or naked and we’ve added some new house-made sauces. Plus, they’re BIG, not small.

Obit File:
We’ve lost a few appetizers with this change. It doesn’t mean they won’t come back as a special down the road, but for now they are no longer available. These include the Chips & Salsa, Tater Tots and Fried Pickles.

Sandwiches:

Obit File:
The following sandwiches are no longer available; Cuban. Muffaletta, Fried Bologna, and Turkey Sandwich.

Added:
Wraps! As a healthier and lighter option we’ve added a few wraps. To start you have your choice of wrap (either plain or honey wheat), then choose the type of wrap you’d like. You may also choose from fries, coleslaw or tortilla chips as your side.

Take a look…

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Burgers:

Obit File:
The Gas Man burger is gone, however we have 3 gourmet burgers still available or you may always build you own. Plus, if you love burgers, chances are we’ll be featuring a special one fairly often so be ask your server.

Pizza:

Better:
Our pizzas are probably our best sellers; easy to share and great for groups. We’ve tweaked the recipe a bit to make them even better. Our sauce is now house-made atop of garlic butter crust. More flavor and better tasting.

Desserts:

Obit File:
We didn’t offer too many desserts to begin with, but we’re down to only the donut holes. The s’mores and Jeni’s Ice Cream are no longer available.

Added:
House made cheesecake. Made in-house and not frozen. Big pieces and great for sharing. This special dessert can be found in a new ‘Special’ section and at the moment the flavors available are Apple Crisp and Pumpkin.

Take a look…

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So again, in short we’ve streamlined our menu a bit to give you the best of what we have to offer. We hope you enjoy the new items and we always appreciate feedback.

Click here to check out the new menu!

2014 Summer Bowling Pass

Posted on: May 1, 2014

Ten Pin Alley’s popular summer bowling pass is back and now available! A limited number of passes will be sold so be sure to get yours today

2014 Pass – $75

As in previous years the standard benefits are as follows:

  • Up to 1 Hour on 1 Lane
  • Up to 6 Pairs of Shoes
  • Valid once a day during regular business hours (latenight Friday and Saturday not included)
  • Not valid on reservations

But for 2014 the pass has been EXTENDED UNTIL NOVEMBER 30TH! That’s 182 days of bowling for only $75. But wait…there’s more!

The 2014 pass is also a rewards program. This year you’ll receive points on certain visits and each purchase. You may use those points for special deals including free pizzas, extra bowling time and more. Details on the rewards program will be available June 1.

You may purchase your pass online below, stop in and call 614-876-2475. *When calling please hit the extension for the front desk. If purchasing online, please wait 48 hours before stopping in to pick up your pass.

Purchase the Summer Pass

March Burger Madness

Posted on: February 28, 2014

Hey food lovers! We will be launching a new menu in April! New appetizers, seasonal specials, sandwiches, burgers and more…but more on that later.  The big news today is that we’re giving you the opportunity to help vote which gourmet burgers make the cut with our March Burger Madness!

We’ve created 8 new burgers to vote throughout the month of March. All burgers are hand-pattied and cooked to order, come with fries, a pickle and only $8.50 each all month.

How it works:

Each week the burgers that receive the least amount of votes are removed and the bracket narrows until “the best tasting burger at Ten Pin Alley” is crowned the winner and noted as such in the new menu. Voting slips are at the front desk and simply vote for the ones you like.

The Burgers:

#1: Big Kahuna Burger: Smothered with teriyaki sauce and topped with pineapple and greens.

#2: The Stranger: Sweet chili BBQ sauce, Cheddar cheese, bacon and homemade onion rings.

#3: Deli Burger: Topped with home-prepped pastrami, Swiss cheese and whole grain mustard dressing.

#4: The Gas Man Burger: Pepper jack cheese, fresh jalapenos, sriracha mayo and spicy micro-greens.

#5: Morning Apple-Wood Burger: Topped with a fried egg, American cheese, smoked apple bacon, lettuce and tomato.

#6: Wild Bill Burger: Smothered with buffalo sauce and blue cheese.

#7: Bloody Mary Burger: Pepper jack cheese, Bloody Mary ketchup and spicy micro-greens.

#8: Spicy Mustard Burger: Spicy mustard sauce, pickled red onion, tomato and spicy micro-greens.

Check out the bracket here.

BONUS: TRY EVERY BURGER AND RECEIVE A VOUCHER FOR 2 FREE HOURS OF BOWLING!! Pick up a card with each burger listed and we’ll check off each one as you try them. If you can try every burger by the end of March you’ll receive a voucher for free 2 free hours of bowling. So don’t worry, even if a burger is eliminated from the bracket, you can still try it!