Pinstripes, Restaurant and Bowling Alley, to Open Feb. 8

Pinstripes, the unique restaurant and bowling alley-bocce court at the Georgetown Park shopping complex, will open to the public Feb. 8.

Next to the C&O Canal at Wisconsin Avenue, Pinstripes takes up 34,000 square feet on a first and second floor. It “will include 14 bowling lanes, six bocce courts, a bistro and wine cellar, outdoor patios and event space, accommodating 20 to 600 people,” according to the restaurant group, and “offers a unique dining and entertainment experience, featuring Italian and American cuisine, combined with bowling and bocce.” There will also be an outdoor fireplace.

“It is quite a nice venue,” said advisory neighborhood commissioner Bill Starrels, who toured the new restaurant last week. “A lot of people will be surprised at the scale of the place. It’s beautiful and tastefully done.”

Having living through the complex’s demolition and reconstruction, nearby residents in the Georgetown Park condos were concerned about noise from the restaurant and bowling alley. “Pinstripes has gone to great lengths to work with the residents,” Starrels said. “Any sound and noise should not be a problem.”

The Georgetown spot will be the fifth location for Pinstripes, along with its other locations in Northbrook, South Barrington and Oak Brook, Ill., and Edina, Minn. Pinstripes plans to open another spot in Overland Park, Kan., in May and a downtown Chicago location in September.

Pinstripes is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner and is taking reservations for private events and parties, such as wedding receptions and bar mitzvahs.

A grand opening party is planned for the evening Feb. 7. On Feb. 22, the Citizens Association of Georgetown will host a benefit for its 2014 Concerts in the Parks program with an adults-only evening.

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