Upscale Bowling Alley Company Eyeing Reston?

Would an upscale bowling alley be a good fit for Reston Town Center?

Pinstripes, an upscale bowling alley company, is eyeing Reston as a possible location. Pinstripes photo
Pinstripes, an upscale bowling alley company, is eyeing Reston as a possible location. Pinstripes photo
The CEO of an upscale bowling company tells Washington Business Journal they are eyeing a location in Northern Virginia, likely either Reston Town Center or somewhere in Tysons Corner.

Pinstripes is set to open this weekend in Georgetown. It will be open seven days a week for lunch and dinner, and is currently taking reservations for private events and parties. 

Pinstripes offers a unique dining and entertainment experience featuring Italian and American cuisine, combined with bowling and bocce. The Georgetown location will include 14 bowling lanes, six bocce courts, a bistro and wine cellar, outdoor patios and event space accommodating 20 to 600 people. 

Watch the Pinstripes video to get a feel for its food and fun. 

Do you think Pinstripes would be a good fit in Reston? Tell us in the Comments box:
David Barry February 06, 2014 at 06:38 PM
We don't need no stinkin' bocce.
Judye Heitfield February 07, 2014 at 06:59 AM
I think this is a terrible idea. We need more family affordable restaurants and activities, not outrageously priced, only 14lanes, fancy family places. Reston was never supposed to be Georgetown in Virginia.....we have a town center filled with restaurants focused on well off singles and retired folks. What we need is affordable family activities like the skating rink. Bowling would be great....but only 14 lanes is ridiculous. And high priced, fine dining reminds me of Reston pushing out nice, family style affordable UNOs for ten dollar milkshakes and the other prohibitively expensive restaurants coming into the town center. Reston was supposed to be a place for all it's inhabitants, not just a destination for the very rich outsiders or inhabitants.
Wwacker February 07, 2014 at 11:30 AM
I agree with Judye. That is a good observation - Reston was never supposed to be Georgetown. I heard a 3 bedroom condo at Reston Town Center sold for over 1 million dollars! As soon as they hit the market - they are gone.The elitism is a little scary.
Melissa Romano February 07, 2014 at 03:33 PM
Yes, yes, yes! This IS what Reston is about---fun, family living. If you read carefully, it said the Georgetown location had 14 lanes. It said nothing about what is planned for Reston, Tysons, or wherever they choose for their next location. Though I am sure RTC is their target, how awesome would it be if they would move into Tall Oaks and take the first step toward restoring new life to a forgotten village center?
Judye Heitfield February 07, 2014 at 04:01 PM
Melissa...that's a great idea at tall oaks! Perfect! But I doubt if they would put anything there....everyone and everything is focused on the town center. Especially something that is very pricey. Sadly, no ones been serious about putting new life into tall oaks....such a shame....
Michael February 07, 2014 at 10:01 PM
A quick look at the prices reveals that dinner and 2 games for a family of 4 would easily top $100 even at non-peak times. Not sure that level of economic exclusion is really what Reston was meant to be about....they'll probably have a stronger business case in Tysons. However, I LOVE BOCCE. Don't knock it 'til you've tried it.
taffy/toby February 08, 2014 at 12:17 PM
come on folks! we are people of different incomes,different backgrounds,different everything…this is a fantastic idea!.. maybe one day a week they could open it up for kids ,teens the elderly ..let's be visionaries!..we have enough of everything else…tall oaks is a perfect location too..away from the maddening crowd..the reston town center… let's debate ..the good ;he bad and the ugly aspects…to this i agree
Judye Heitfield February 09, 2014 at 07:59 AM
Tall oaks would be great..and it needs revitalizing....but no business cares about what would be good for Reston, .....a business wants to make money and wants their business in the very very upscale town center. And, in my opinion, town center doesn't need another upscale place....I agree...we are a place that used to attend to and focus on lower, and middle class as well as the wealthy....a friend of mine visiting the town center from Georgetown said recently that Reston town center is upscale Georgetown without anything for regular people, including restaurants.....remember UNOs and ruby Tuesdays? Remember the old wrap place next to the rink?
Private Person February 09, 2014 at 11:19 AM
Bring it to Reston Town Center. Tall Oaks is the kiss of death -- that entire eyesore needs to be razed and redone. It's been a failure for decades --- time to let go of the failed utopian nonsense from the 1960s and get current. Even the old-folks home there is struggling and is actively soliciting for residents.
taffy/toby February 09, 2014 at 10:46 PM
on second thought you are probably right on location ...
E Pluribus February 10, 2014 at 11:00 AM
Not a horrible idea
Monique Stinson February 10, 2014 at 11:41 AM
I think the bowling alley is a GREAT idea!
taffy/toby February 10, 2014 at 12:09 PM
wondering if Tall Oaks could benefit from having s strip mall with just kids stuff..bowling alley..not upscale..and a something like a Chukie cheese..someplaces where teens can safely hang out…It'll never happen I know .not a money maker ..but a good idea anyway i think...
Private Person February 10, 2014 at 12:17 PM
Those hang-out arrangements have been tried and failed over the decades (as have most of the low-end eating joints). Hudgins used to run one, and it was the biggest failure of all. There are any number of community centers in Reston, the library, the YMCA, before and after school programs, the pools, tennis courts, nature centers, and many more we surely are overlooking. Tall Oaks for retail is a disaster and has been for decades. Even the most recent renovation, by the same entity that redid Hunters Woods center, is a flop.
alena mauer April 14, 2014 at 01:53 PM
I think that would be great! It is nice to have a nice bowling alley to go to. My husband and I go bowling almost once a week. Alena | http://olivebranchfamilybowling.com


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