Riverhead Supervisor Sean Walter and other officials helped cut the ribbon at All Star Lanes on Route 25 Thursday to mark the grand opening of the family entertainment complex, which includes a restaurant and arcade in addition to bowling lanes.
“This building was an eyesore to the town,” Mr. Walter said of the once-abandoned property during his remarks before cutting the ribbon on the new bowling alley, adding he felt a “synergy” between the project’s fruition under new owners Jeffrey Rimland and Christopher Smith and the revitalization of downtown Riverhead.
“I think people are going to be stunned by the beauty of this,” he said.
Manager Peter Sgroi said business has been good so far, especially just after 5 p.m., when many have just gotten off work.
As far as the restaurant’s food menu, Mr. Sgroi said North Fork chef Keith Luce has been busy coming up with new items for the menu and has thus far generated seven or eight new items a week, with more to come.
Co-owner Chris Smith said his favorite so far is Mr. Luce’s “Dilemma Dog,” a sausage of Mr. Luce’s design with a slab of smoked cured bacon and “special ingredients” inside of a “special bun.”
While the alley is fully functioning, Jamesport designer John Mazur of Material Objects said some finishing touches, like vintage lighting and embellishments under the bar, are still being applied inside the building.
The unfinished building had gone into foreclosure, according to records, and the property was overgrown with weeds before the current owners bought it from a bank and rebuilt it.