Tuesday, December 1, 2015

North Bowl plans a South Philly offshoot

Oron Daskal says his still-unnamed entertainment center, due to open around the holidays, will have 26 lanes.

North Bowl plans a South Philly offshoot

The location at 19 E. Oregon Ave.  Image via Google
The location at 19 E. Oregon Ave. Image via Google

Back in 2006, entrepreneur Oron Daskal opened North Bowl, a bowling alley/entertainment spot in a former auto mechanic's garage on Second Street in Northern Liberties.

For his second fun center, Daskal is headed to South Philly. He secured the former Thomas Colace produce warehouse at 19 E. Oregon Ave., basically across the I-95 underpass from Tony Luke's, and obtained zoning.

Now for the details: Daskal told me that the project, which should open by December, would be more of a sports bar. (The Passyunk Post, the blog run by Daily News assistant city editor Albert Stumm, dubbed it "South Bowl" when reporting the deal first. Daskal said that no name has been selected and that he wasn't sure if he would brand the two centers together.)

The project, on two levels as is North Bowl, will have arcade/video games and pool tables (as North Bowl has) as well as outdoor batting cages and HD video golf consoles, he said.

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The South Philly project will be larger: 25,000 square feet versus 17,000 at North Bowl, and 26 lanes versus 17 at North Bowl. He said the food should be different - he's toying with the idea of a wood-fired oven.

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