Boutique bowling operator All Star Leisure is to open two more bowling alleys with upmarket American diners. All Star Lanes opened in Bloomsbury, last year, headed up by Charles and Adam Breeden of The Lonsdale restaurant in Notting Hill and co-owner Mark von Westenholz Construction has started on a site in Whiteleys of Bayswater, which is set to open in May. Meanwhile, they are at "an advanced stage of lease negotiations"
for a third venture in the Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane, east London, which the owners hope will open in October.
The menus at both will be similar in style to the original site, which serves Louisiana Crab Cakes, Connoisseurs Macaroni and Cheese and Double Chocolate Brownie of Mandarin Orange Sorbet. "We want it to be consistent," said von Westenholz, adding, "There'll be about 100 covers in Whiteleys but 120 in the Truman Brewery and because that'll be on the ground floor and will be more open-plan, we hope more people will come to eat there, not necessarily just because they're bowling."
The development of the sites will cost about £5million, after which the company plans to open further sites in Manchester, Newcastle, Glasgow and Edinburgh from 2008.