“Spare” The Time To Stop By Lang’s Bowlarama!

“Spare” The Time To Stop By Lang’s Bowlarama!


YOU’LL WANT THIS RECIPE. HEAD OVER TO rhodeshow.com. Brendan: IT ALL STARTED WITH ONE MAN’S DREAM TO OPEN UP A BOWLING ALLEY. HIS NAME WAS EDWARD NELSON LANG. IF THE LAST NAME SOUNDS FAMILIAR, IT’S BECAUSE HIS BOWLING ALLEY HAS BEEN GOING STRONG SINCE 1960. WILL AND ARECENTLY MADE A TRIM OVER TO CHECK IT OUT. ALL TOUGH DO IS SAY I’LL MEET YOU AT LANG’S AND TRUE RHODE ISLANDERS WILL KNOW EXACTLY WHAT YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT. FROM A LOCAL POINT OF VIEW, IT HAS BEEN HERE SINCE 1960. OUR GRANDFATHER STARTED IT AND IT GOES BACK TO THAT GENERATION OF THE LOCAL BUSINESSS IN RHODE ISLAND THAT ARE SORT OF INSTITUTIONS THAT THE POINT. YOU HEAR — WE TELL PEOPLE ABOUT LANGS BOWL-O-RAMA AND THEY SAY MY GRANDPARENTS WENT THERE ON A FIRST DATE. THAT SENSE OF LOCAL HISTORY IS SOMETHING THAT PEOPLE REALLY RESPOND TO. Will: AND IT IS A NEW TRIBUTE TO ED. WE DECIDED TO RENAME THE BAR TO THE NELSON WHICH IS AN HOMAGE TO ED LANG, OUR FOUNDER HERE. AND IT WAS HIS MIDDLE NAME. HIS NAME WAS EDWARD NELSON LANG SO WE NAMED IT AFTER HIM. WHEN THE CENTER STARTED, OUR GRANDFATHER WAS A REAL CHARACTER. LOVED BOWLING. I WAS HIS DREAM TO HAVE A BOWLING ALLEY. THEN IT TOOK A BIG DIP IN THE 1980s AND 1990s AND IT’S HIP AGAIN. Brendan: WAIT A MINUTE. LOOK AT SOCKS. Will: THIS WAS YOUR PLAN, HUH? Brendan: ARE YOU KIDDING ME? Will: THAT’S NICE. OUR CUSTOMER IS PRETTY MUCH ANYBODY THAT WANTS TO COME OUT AND HAVE FUN. ALL AGES FROM LITTLE KIDS, WE HAVE SMALLER BOWLING BALLS, WE HAVE RAMPSER AND BUMPERS ON ALL OF OUR LANES. Brendan: I FOUND THE RIGHT ONE THAT SUITS MY PERSONALITY. LET’S BOWL. WE ARE HAVING A 40TH BIRTHDAY OR SURPRISE PARTY OR SWEET 16 OR EVEN AN ENGAGEMENT PARTY OR REHEARSAL DINNER OR SOME SORT OF EVENT LIKE THAT, WE HAVE A BEAUTIFULLY RENOVATED SPACE. IT CAN SEAT UP TO 125 PEOPLE. AND IT CAN BE RENTED WITH OR WITHOUT BOWLING SO IF YOU DON’T WANT TO BOWL, THAT IS OK. ALTHOUGH IT’S MUCH MORE FUN WITH BOWLING. Brendan: OK. WE HAVE THE BOWLING BALL AND THE SHOES ON. WHO ARE OUR OPPONENTS? LET’S DO THIS! Will: THAT WAS ME, JUST SO YOU KNOW. ♪ WHEN I FIRST GOT HERE, I ALWAYS KNEW THERE WAS SOMETHING REALLY SPECIAL ABOUT THIS PLACE. I KNEW THERE WAS SOMETHING MORE THAN JUST BOWLING HERE. AND IT’S REALLY EVIDENT THAT THIS WASN’T JUST A CENTER THAT SOMEONE BUILT TO MAKE A PROFIT. THIS WAS SOMEONE’S DREAM. Brendan: IT’S LIKE STEPPING BACK IN TIME. IT IS INTERESTING WHAT HAPPENED. WHEN WE SORT OF LOOK BACK AT THE ’60s AND AT THAT COLOR PALATE AND THE FURNITURE AND REALLY WHAT WAS HOT WHEN THE PLACE WAS BUILT, AND WHEN WE STARTED TO DO THE RENOVATION, IT WAS INTERESTING. WE RIPPED AWAY SOME WALLS AND FOUND THE ORIGINAL COLORS AND THEY WERE THE EXACT COLORS WE PICKED. WE HAVE A STAFF THAT WORKS THEIR TAILS OFF AND 100% OF THE TIME AND THEY’RE LED BY CARL de ROSA. HE BLEEDS FOR THE BUSINESS. AND HIS ATTITUDE IS THE CUSTOMER IS RIGHT 100% TIME. THE AMAZING THING IS EVERYONE WALKS THROUGH THIS DOOR TO HAVE A GOOD TIME. THAT IS THE ONLY REASON THEY COME HERE. COME IN AND PEOPLE ARE HIGH-FIVING AND SHOUTING AND BEING TOGETHER. IT’S GREAT. Will: WE HAVE A WAY WITH THE LADIES, BY THE WAY. Brendan: WE CLEARLY DO. HOW MUCH FUN WAS THAT? Will: IT’S A PLACE WHERE THE WHOLE FAMILY CAN GO IN. IF YOU BRING IN THE KIDS, THEY PUT THEIR PHONE DOWN AND YOU CAN HAVE A CONVERSATION. YOU CAN ACTUALLY JUST HAVE A FUN TIME. Brendan: IF YOU “SPARE” THE TIME. HAD TO DO IT. THEY MAINTAIN THAT GREAT RETRO FEEL.