Today is the last day of operation for the Clover Lanes bowling alley on Monroe Avenue in Brighton. The 50-lane alley and the former Mario's Italian Restaurant are being torn down to make room for Palazzo Plaza, a high-end retail development. The plaza would be anchored by a Whole Foods store.
Clover Lanes is moving to the Blossom-Carlson roads area in the City of Rochester's North Winton Village neighborhood, not far from ARTISANworks, according to a woman who answered the phone at Clover Lanes. The alley plans a soft opening in its new location by August, she says, and a full opening the following month.
She referred further questions to her manager, who did not return calls for comment.
Mary Coffey, co-chair of the North Winton Village neighborhood association, says that the group's board has heard the Clover Lanes rumor, but has nothing official to announce.
"We're trying to find out ourselves," she says. "We've been trying to check it out, but nothing."
Coffey says that the group is not opposed to having the bowling alley in the neighborhood. It all depends, she says, on the specific proposal.
"They would have to come in. They'd have to sell themselves," she says. "They'd have to show how it would be for traffic, how it would be for the building itself, how close it would be to residential."
North Winton already has the 12-lane L&M Lanes bowling alley at 873 Merchants Road.
The Palazzo Plaza proposal is under review by the Town of Brighton. The proposal was put forth by Daniele Family Companies. Anthony Daniele, a company vice president, did not return calls for comment.