Conventional wisdom advises that habits are ingrained after 21 days of repetition. If that theory holds true, then the eat~play~shop local habit requires time and effort to develop. Each month I’ll share “21 Days” of some event, place or organization in the Triangle, enabling (and I mean that in the most positive sense possible) your inner Localista to come out and join us. This month it’s all about making time to play, at local sports facilities, live music venues, indie movie theaters and fun places and spaces all around the Triangle.
2012 was a pretty big year for downtown Wake Forest. The street scape along South White Street was completed, widening sidewalks, creating a more pedestrian friendly atmosphere to welcome visitors. Downtown also welcomed the new brewery, White Street Brewing, as well as a new place to play in Brooks Street Bowl.
Located in the shopping center just a block off South Main Street, Brooks Street Bowl is a family friendly venue operated by a father-son team of owners. The cozy alley contains just eight lanes (which can be reserved in advance) open for bowling seven days a week. There’s a bit of a vintage vibe in the air. I think it has something to do with the Elvis statue. But could be the dining area’s bar top made of wood reclaimed from old bowling alleys.
If you just happen upon Brooks Street Bowl without a lane reservation, you could wait for an open lane while sipping on an NC Craft Beer at the roomy dining area, noshing on a light snack, keeping an eye on the ball game on TV. If that isn’t your cup o’ tea, you’ll find a few video arcade games in the back to keep you entertained. When your lane does open, you’ll find all the comforts of any other big alley, including shoe rental (if needed). There are several special pricing packages available throughout the week, like a Monday night Family/Friends package that includes pizza. You’ll find complete details at the Brooks Street Bowl website.
If you’ve not visited downtown Wake Forest lately, this Sunday (July 27) might be a good time to go. They’re throwing their first Food Truck Rodeo in the same shopping center where you find Brooks Street Bowl from Noon to 4 pm. So there, now you have the perfect excuse to go check out downtown. Plus you can step inside Brooks Street Bowl and check out it for your next visit.