Town Hall Lanes embraces bar food

The new bar and restaurant in Nokomis East bowls a spare

The space, formerly Skylane Bowling, has been smartly overhauled and is now divided into restaurant, bar, and lanes, so if you're just dropping by for dinner or drinks, you don't have to worry about the constant crashing sounds of strikes and spares — it's pretty well contained. Roomy booths and a gorgeous wooden bar populate the dining area, but it's the massive glittering chandelier that steals the focus and makes good use of the plentiful vertical space and exposed beams. On the lanes side the feel is polished retro, updated with bench seating (instead of the always problematic individual swivel seats), touchscreen scoreboards, and beautifully restored synthetic lanes. Lesson learned on the practically brand-new slippery floor with brand-new slippery ball: Pizza grease is the enemy of your high score.

Overall the experience here is fun and the food is more thoughtful than your average bowling alley fare, even if it over-promises. Town Hall establishments are so well-loved, and this particular corner is turning into such a hot spot, that I'm confident in their staying power, and perhaps the menu will evolve much like the empire has. So drop in, get one of the summer seasonal beers, and bowl while the shoes are still new. The balls, both meat and resin plastic, will be waiting for you.

Alma Guzman for City Pages


Town Hall Lanes
5019 34th Ave. S., Minneapolis
starters $5-$11; entrees $9-$12

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