At Mashpee Commons, it’s Bowling Green
By ROBERT GOLD
January 15, 2013
MASHPEE — The leadership at Mashpee Commons have wanted to add a bowling alley for years. And with "boutique" bowling alleys and restaurants popping up nationwide, Mashpee Commons vice president John Renz said, the center's planners knew it could work.
Now, the wait is over.
The Lanes Bowl & Bistro opened last weekend, pegged by its owners as an "uncommon bowling experience."
The lanes and restaurant feature a long list of recycled materials. Chairs in the bistro include seats and backs made with automotive seatbelts. Tables were made from pipe, fittings and planks from old New England factories and mills. The bar and countertops are made from recycled paper pressed into a hard material.
"Everything has been something else," said Andrea Moore, the overall designer and decorator.
Moore, who enlisted several companies that focus on using recycled materials or re-used parts, said the project manager and other staff embraced "every wacky idea I offered."
That includes valve handles transformed into coat hooks, and pizza pans merged onto overhead lamps. Moore even covered tabletop lamps in pop tops from canned drinks.
The 'g' Green Design Center, headquartered in Mashpee Commons, worked on the project, including carpeting and flooring. Paula Smith, showroom manager of the design center, said the bistro flooring is made with natural products including linseed oil, pine rosin and wood flour.
"Almost everything they have in there is made either of materials of high recycled content or materials that are rapidly renewable," Smith said.
Restaurateurs Jeff Moore and Bobby Byrne are the owners of the new bowling alley and bistro. Jeff Moore is Andrea's husband.
The business is part of the Bobby Byrne Management Corp., which includes three Bobby Byrne's restaurants, including one in Mashpee Commons.
Byrne described The Lanes Bowl and Bistro as an entertainment complex, with plans for an outdoor bar and bocce court along with its indoor restaurant and tenpin lanes. It also features an entertainment stage.
The group plan on attracting all age groups, with high school nights, senior bowling and kids' birthday parties.
Even the pin setters are different. A "string" system features nylon cord attached to the tops of the pins. Using a swivel system, the pins that are knocked down remain attached to their cords, then get pulled back into formation when reset. The system uses about 75 percent less energy than the traditional pin setting machines, according to the Moores.
The Lanes took over empty space that formerly housed a Shaw's grocery store. The building was gutted and completely renovated, Byrne said.
Renz said the new design fits perfectly within the overall complex.
"We are ecstatic they stepped up," he said.