Fancified bowling alleys have gotten increased play in SF in recent years, with Lucky Strike and Mission Bowling Club offering slick and artisanal takes, respectively, on the familiar game, along with food and adult beverages. Now it's Oakland's turn for a new-school bowling alley. As the SF Business Times reports, Trifecta Management Group is teaming up with developer Jack London Square Ventures to build a bowling alley, restaurant, and beer garden in a 34,000-square-foot building and 15,000-square-foot outdoor plaza space on the waterfront. The plan is to offer "coastal California cuisine," new and vintage video games, and an enormous outdoor beer garden with bocce courts, in addition to the bowling.
Though no other details about the project are available at the moment, Inside Scoop did notice a listing on Trifecta's site for an Oakland project called Plank, with a motto of "bowling, beer garden, and bocce," so it's safe to say that'll likely be the name. It's the first in the area for L.A.-based Trifecta, which has opened a number of upscale food/entertainment properties with bowling, movie theaters, and games in places like Ohio, Nevada, and Colorado. The project is one of a spate to hit JLS in recent years, alongside Haven, The Forge, Lungomare, and other new dining spots. The whole shebang was supposed to kick off with a Ferry Building-style food market (next to Haven) that's apparently still in the works, provided Plank helps out in drawing enough business to the area. Expect it to arrive in the fall, with more details coming out sometime this summer.
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