No doubt about it. The guy’s having one hell of a comeback. First the Oscar nominations, and now this joint:
Welcome to rehabbed Lincoln Square Lanes, a thorough reimagining of what a whiskey-fueled night in a vintage bowling alley could be like, now open.
You know this place as that drop-ceilinged, wood-paneled dive where you’d come to knock down a few pins, hear a band or throw back a stiff whiskey. You’ve even been known to do all three.
Somehow, that inherent Big Lebowski–ness remains. Sure, the paneling has been replaced with picture windows, the drop ceiling has been removed to reveal a canary-yellow ceiling, and the stage for the weekend bands has been relocated to make room for a kitchen serving fried chicken and pulled-pork pizza.
But you’ll still find vintage lanes—and you’ll still have to score yourself. The mural of Abraham Lincoln still stares at you majestically from the other end, willing you to bowl a strike.
When you and your pin pals come in, immediately put your name in for a lane. Occupy yourself with pool (yes, they have that now, too) or beer (they have 18 tap handles now). To make room for these additions, however, they’ve removed four of the 12 original lanes and turned them into tables.
The Dude would have wanted it that way.