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2016 Summer Bowling Pass

Posted on: April 12, 2016

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Greetings Summer Pass Fans!

Another year and another summer full of bowling! The 2016 summer bowling pass will go on sale Friday, April 15th!

Details for the 2016 Summer Bowling Pass are as follows:

  • Pass price: $100
  • Provides up to 1 hour of bowling on 1 lane and 6 pairs of shoes
  • Valid May 1st through October 30th
  • That’s over 175 hours of bowling! (if used once a day, of course)

Passes are non transferable and not valid on birthday parties, reservations or large groups.
CARDS ARE NOT SHIPPED. If purchased online pass will be available for pick up after 24 hours. If stopping in and purchasing pass is available at time of purchase.

Partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio

We are excited to announce that we have partnered with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio for the 2016 Summer Bowling Pass.

BBBS is an organization dedicated to mentoring at-risk kids throughout Central Ohio. They are a donor and volunteer-supported organization and Central Ohio is one of the largest BBBS agencies in the country helping over 7,400 kids. Mentoring options include everything from simply spending quality time with a child to helping out in special school related programs.

For more information on BBBS of Central Ohio, please click here.

Partnership with Ten Pin Alley

There are 3 ways Ten Pin Alley is helping BBBS of Central Ohio this summer, and YOUR PURCHASE HELPS.

  • First, for every pass sold, $2 will be donated to BBBS.
  • Second, $25 of every pass purchased by a “big” will be donated*. So if you currently volunteer with BBBS and are looking for a fun activity to do with your “little” this summer, know that $25 of your pass purchase will go to BBBS.
  • Third, for every 40 passes sold Ten Pin Alley will donate a FREE birthday to an at-risk child currently involved in BBBS. These children may not have the opportunity to have a birthday party, and we want to provide them with one.

We are positive that with the popularity of the pass we can reach our goal of $2000 and 25 free birthday parties (valued at over $3000)! How great is that!?

*If you’re a “big” and want to purchase a pass, you must stop in and show your card so we can give credit to BBBS. You may also use the pass with your family as well!

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New Movie Screens!

Posted on: March 9, 2016

If you hadn’t noticed, bowling centers aren’t exactly what they used to be. No smoking, computerized scoring, comfy seating (for the most part) and more entertainment options.

At Ten Pin Alley we are always trying to keep our customers happy and entertained. Whether creating and offering the popular summer bowling pass to keeping our food a cut above the rest; we strive to entertain and serve.

Last week we installed three, 12’ retractable screens above the lanes. For the past few days they’ve been in use and if you’ve seen them in action…well, we think they’re pretty cool and we hope you agree.

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To be fair, many newer centers do feature screens – typically at the back where the traditional “masking unit” is found. Our screens are further out and raise and lower directly above the lanes. You can see them better and we plan to use them for more than showing ESPN all day.

Currently during weekend bowling and then full time in the summer, the screens will feature music videos from today’s most popular artists. Customizable play lists will allow us to offer different types of age appropriate music depending on the time of day and audience, and you will be able to request songs during certain times and events.

What we’re most excited about is that we’ll be using these not just for music but also to create unique events revolving around movies and perhaps TV shows. Once things really start rolling keep an eye out for cult movie nights and other packages revolving around seasonal movies, TV shows and sporting events.

So stop in and dance to your favorite videos, cheer for your favorite teams, laugh and scream with your favorite movies all while spending time bowling with friends and family!

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December Open Bowling

Posted on: December 1, 2015

Hello fans! This list is to help you plan your time bowling. December is the busiest month of the year for us. We host dozens and dozens of parties beginning early December through a few days before Christmas. It’s also (normally) cold and families are looking for a fun and entertaining evening.

 

Because of all the office parties “open bowling” may be somewhat limited at least until when the kids get out for Christmas. Below is a list of December dates where open bowling will be available, limited or is completely unavailable as we are closed to the public due to a private event. Many of these may not affect you as a lot of parties are during the week (still a school night/ work night); however for the first few weekends in December we host a lot as well.

 

*OPEN BOWLING = Come on in!

*NO OPEN BOWLING = no lanes open (multiple events or closed to public)

*LIMITED OPEN BOWLING = we have things going on and only a handful of lanes available

 

Wednesday     12/2     NO OPEN BOWLING IN THE EVENING PAST 5 PM

Thursday         12/3     NO OPEN BOWLING IN THE EVENING PAST 5 PM

Friday              12/4     NO OPEN BOWLING BEFORE 3:30 PM. LIMITED BOWLING BETWEEN 3:30 AND 5:30 PM. NO OPEN BOWLING FROM 6 PM TO 11 PM

Saturday          12/5     OPEN BOWLING ALL DAY UNTIL 7 PM. LIMITED OPEN BOWLING AFTER 7 PM

Sunday            12/6     OPEN BOWLING ALL DAY AND EVENING

Monday           12/7     OPEN BOWLING ALL DAY AND EVENING

Tuesday           12/8     OPEN BOWLING ALL DAY UNTIL 5 PM. NO OPEN BOWLING FROM 6 PM UNTIL 9 PM

Wednesday     12/9     NO OPEN BOWLING FROM 12:30 PM TO 3:30 PM. OPEN BOWLING FROM 3:30 PM UNTIL 5:30 PM. NO OPEN BOWLING FROM 6 PM UNTIL CLOSE

Thursday         12/10   LIMITED OPEN BOWLING UNTIL 5 PM. NO OPEN BOWLING FROM 6 PM UNTIL 9 PM

Friday              12/11   LIMITED OPEN BOWLING UNTIL NOON. NO OPEN BOWLING FROM NOON UNTIL 4:30 PM. LIMITED OPEN BOWLING FROM 4:30 PM UNTIL 6:00 PM. NO OPEN BOWLING FROM 6 PM UNTIL 11 PM

Saturday          12/12   OPEN BOWLING ALL DAY UNTIL 6:30PM. LIMITED OPEN BOWLING FROM 6:30PM UNTIL CLOSE

Sunday            12/13   OPEN BOWLING ALL DAY UNTIL 5:30PM. NO OPEN BOWLING FROM 6 PM UNTIL CLOSE

Monday           12/14   OPEN BOWLING UNTIL 3:30PM. NO OPEN BOWLING FROM 4 PM UNTIL 9 PM

Tuesday           12/15   OPEN BOWLING UNTIL 4 PM. NO OPEN BOWLING FROM 4 PM UNTIL 8:30PM

Wednesday     12/16   OPEN BOWLING UNTIL 1 PM. NO OPEN BOWLING FROM 1 PM UNTIL 6 PM

Thursday         12/17   OPEN BOWLING UNTIL NOON. NO OPEN BOWLING FROM NOON UNTIL 9 PM

Friday              12/18   NO OPEN BOWLING UNTIL 4 PM. LIMITED OPEN BOWLING FROM 4 PM UNTIL 6 PM. NO OPEN BOWLING FROM 6PM UNTIL 10 PM

Saturday          12/19   OPEN BOWLING ALL DAY. LIMITED OPEN BOWLING FROM 7 PM UNTIL 11 PM

Sunday            12/20   OPEN BOWLING ALL DAY UNTIL 7 PM. NO OPEN BOWLING FROM 7 PM UNTIL 9 PM

Monday           12/21   OPEN BOWLING ALL DAY AND NIGHT

Tuesday           12/22   OPEN BOWLING UNTIL 2 PM. NO OPEN BOWLING FROM 2 PM UNTIL CLOSE

Wednesday     12/23   OPEN BOWLING ALL DAY AND NIGHT

Thursday         12/24   OPEN BOWLING UNTIL 3 PM. CLOSED AT 4 PM FOR CHRISTMAS EVE

Friday              12/25   CLOSED

 

After Christmas it’s smooth sailing for the rest of the month. Hope this helps and we’ll try to update as necessary!
As always, feel free to call us 876-2475 to double check before stopping in.

 

 

 

 

 

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!