2013-08-22 / Front Page

Bowling alley planned for Janss mall

17,000-square-ft. fun center also includes skatepark, arcade and bar
By Anna Bitong


COMING SOON?—A group of entrepreneurs hopes to open an entertainment center, DaddyO’s Skater Bowl, at the Janss Marketplace that would include a bowling alley, skatepark and video arcade. COMING SOON?—A group of entrepreneurs hopes to open an entertainment center, DaddyO’s Skater Bowl, at the Janss Marketplace that would include a bowling alley, skatepark and video arcade. Bowling could be coming back to T.O.

A combined bowling alley, indoor skateboarding area, arcade and lounge may open at the Janss Marketplace, the Acorn learned this week. Thousand Oaks’ last bowling alley—Conejo Bowl—closed in 1995.

A group of entrepreneurs have been in discussions with mall owner Newmark Merrill for the past two years about the 17,000-square-foot former Linens ’n Things store, said Haider Alawami, Thousand Oaks’ economic development officer. Plans may be finalized within a month.

Calling it the “Generation X version of Dave and Buster’s,” applicant Dan DeBruno told the Acorn DaddyO’s Skater Bowl would include a 20-lane bowling alley, a video arcade, an indoor skatepark with a section for spectators, and a 21-and-over restaurant and lounge open on weekends.

DeBruno plans to operate the business with his childhood friends.

According to the DaddyO’s Skater Bowl Facebook page, “Three old surfers and friends who grew up in Thousand Oaks still care about our hometown and are working on a project to bring a bowling alley back.”

In 2008, the group—who are also part owners of SkateCrib, a skateboard industry social media website based in Gig Harbor, Wash.—tried to open a place similar to Skatelab in Simi Valley.

“A lot of money fell through,” said DeBruno, who stills lives in T.O. “Another friend of mine thought about a bowling alley. (The idea) has been going ever since.”

Alawami said that the city is waiting for the group to submit a conceptual plan and a building permit.

The proposed project is a permitted use at the location, he said. Unless there are issues with the parking plan, the project will not need to go through the planning commission or the City Council for approval.

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