Good news, Georgetown: A restaurant boasting an upscale fourteen-lane bowling alley could open just off M Street NW as soon as early next year. Pinstripes, a largely Midwestern chain that pairs bowling, bocce and Italian fare, is slated to open in the Shops at Georgetown Park, taking up a whopping 32,000 square feet with a view overlooking the C&O Canal.
The lanes are huge news for a city that suffers from a dearth of bowling options outside of Chinatown's Lucky Strike (and, if you happen to know someone who knows someone, those lanes at the White House). But Pinstripes, opening at at 3222 M St. NW, will double as a restaurant, serving brick-oven pizzas and flatbreads, pasta and plenty of the American fare that's so ubiquitous in touristy Georgetown. (You won't have to eat at the restaurant to bowl or play bocce.)
The D.C. location will feature an outdoor patio, six bocce courts, the lanes and a restaurant, divided over two levels. The entertainment complex is attached to what was once a lifeless mall, which drew visitors mostly for its D.C. DMV outpost. But under new ownership, the Shops at Georgetown Park is aiming to attract big-ticket tenants.
So, the big question: How much could a Friday night bowl session set you back? Pricing for the other locations is $7 a game per person on Friday and Saturday nights after 5 p.m.; before 5, and Sunday through Thursday, it's $5. Bocce could set you back $10 on weekend evenings; and $5 at other times.