Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Bowling Brewery Rolling toward Opening in Spring

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Bowling Brewery Rolling toward Opening in Spring

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Byline: Sandy Strickland

Dear Call Box: I was calling about the old Phoenix Lanes on Blanding Boulevard. It was being converted into a restaurant-brewery-type place and was supposed to open last December. But I haven't seen anything happen. I was wondering if there are any plans to open it, or what's going on.

B.M., Westside

Dear B.M.: Bowl-O-Matic Phoenix Lanes is still set to rise again, just later than planned. We talked to Scott McAlister, who is converting the decades-old bowling alley at 2600 Blanding Blvd. into Bearded Buffalo Brewing Co.

Target date is the end of the first quarter of 2017, but it might be later than that, depending on a lot of government variables, McAlister said. There have been some holdups with the city because of the size of the project and the details involved, he said.

Times-Union business writer Roger Bull reported in September that McAlister is keeping 12 bowling lanes. The additions will be a 30-barrel brewing system, a pizza kitchen, tap room and three other bars. One will be outside, another inside and the third a unique space in the back. The tap room won't have liquor, but the other bars will. The space is almost 15,000 square feet.

Dear Call Box: When you are on Interstate 295 headed toward Philips Highway, there are exit signs to E-Town Parkway. But where is it going to go?

M.H., Baymeadows

Dear M.H.: You're the third person this year who's asked Call Box about E-Town.

E-Town is a working name that reflects the new interchange and the future jobs center and commerce planned for the area, said Roger O'Steen, chairman of the PARC Group.

"It's just a catch name that we thought would be more reflective of what we are doing in that area as far as an economic technology jobs center," O'Steen said.

Nothing has been developed yet, and there are no plans in the near future.

As for the "E-Town Parkway," it is 0.6 miles of a four-lane divided roadway with a two-lane roundabout.

Dear Call Box: Do you know of anyone who would like to have free parakeets? We have three. My husband is very ill and cannot take care of them anymore.

P.P., Jacksonville Beach

Dear P. …

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