Bowling Alley Strikes Mission

En Español.

There’s no opening date just yet, but strikes are in the Mission Bowling Club’s near future.

Apart from some finishing touches, the staff of 50 has been hired and trained.

Everyone is now just waiting to hear that the venue has passed the last inspections before they open the doors to the neighborhood’s first bowling alley.

Bowling runs in the family: co-owner Sommer Peterson’s grandfather is 87 years old and bowls every Tuesday morning.

“I’m not any better than the rest of us,” Peterson says when asked about her bowling scores.

“This is just like an old-school bowling alley. I’ve been dreaming about it for a while,” she added.

Earlier this week, crews checked the sprinkler system and accidentally triggered the fire alarm a few times.

“Are we going to pass?” Peterson asked jokingly.

A few feet away on the patio, Mission Chinese Food and Commonwealth owner and chef Anthony Myint was busy fixing some kitchen equipment.

Turning a warehouse into a bowling alley, restaurant and bar was no easy feat for owners Peterson and Molly Bradshaw.

Two years ago they looked for open warehouses that would be big enough to house bowling lanes, and found an 8,000-square-foot building on 17th Street near South Van Ness.

As co-owner of Mini Bar and president of the Divisadero Merchants Association, 36-year-old Peterson knows the small-business world well.

She helped start art walks on Divisadero Street and worked with other small businesses to attract foot traffic to a neighborhood that’s been nicknamed Mission 2.0 by the Wall Street Journal because it has a similar ambience but more affordable rents.

Restaurants like Nopa and retail outlets like Sam Mogannam’s upcoming second Bi-Rite Market have helped put the area on the map, as well.

For the bowling alley, Peterson and Bradshaw had to seismically retrofit the warehouse, put in a new roof and skylight, put in heating and air conditioning, and install gas and kitchen fixtures.

“We’ve had tons of friends helping us paint and clean on weekends; we have a lot of support,” Peterson said.

Her mother painted the stripes on one of the inside walls.

Artists Andrew Schoultz and Andres Guerrero of Guerrero Gallery painted a large mural with pins and bowling balls above the six lanes.

Peterson herself spray-painted the pin fixtures holding low cocktail tables that will be set by the lanes.

A local law that prevented them from having a restaurant, bar and bowling alley in the same building was one of the owners’ biggest obstacles.

Supervisor Jane Kim proposed an exception to a liquor license moratorium that was passed last fall, and Mission Bowling Club will now be able to have a full bar.

At the bowling alley earlier this week, a metal footrest was on the floor next to the bar, with two 16-pound bowling balls and a metal tube to hold up the bar.

By the lanes, custom-made brown couches still needed to be set. Upstairs, a dining area overlooking the lanes looked ready to host a birthday party with a great vantage point.

In the new kitchen, Myint was planning his menu.

Although Myint’s partner Danny Bowien left a few days ago for New York, where he’s opening a second location for Mission Chinese Food, Myint says he’s happy to stay local.

His wife is expecting the couple’s first child, and they recently moved into a house near the bowling alley.

Myint sees this area of the Mission as a new micro-hood, and thinks someone should come up with a name for it. A few blocks away, new businesses have recently opened, including Southern Pacific Brewery, and Flour + Water’s market is scheduled to open soon.

The bowling alley’s menu will include the popular Mission Burger, as well as bar snacks such as homemade beef jerky and food on sticks.

Happy hour will be from 3 to 6 p.m., and dinner service from 6 to 11 p.m. on weekdays. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, the alley will close at midnight. Prices will range from $35 to $55 per lane per hour.

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  1. mission bred

    At those prices none of the locals or youth could afford that.

  2. Mister Big

    Our scrappy little ‘hood keeps gettin’ bettah.

  3. sfnative

    exactly. $35 a lane? yikes. at least presidio bowl’s still holding it down.

  4. googiegomez

    Reminds me of the bowling alley on Mission which is now Big Lots. Quick question folks, for those who are not in the “know”, where exactly is this new bowling alley residing?

  5. erric

    Will these be ABC sanctioned /approved lanes? Will there be Leagues bowling there or is this just some glitzy yuppy bowling/bar/hangout?

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