In a time when bowling centers have seemingly gone the way of the Dodo, a high profile antecedent of the once popular gathering places is getting ready to welcome Southern Californians and visiting Guests.
Over a couple of mid-week days this week, Splitsville, the neo retro-bowling and dining venue at Downtown Disney in Anaheim, conducted a “test & adjust” period. A chance for the operators to dial things in with the lanes, food and service.
Located adjacent to Tortilla Jo’s at the former site of the House of Blues, the Splitsville exterior has a striking (no pun intended), mid-century-inspired design, that will that will likely peak the interest of the Guests traversing Downtown Disney on route to the theme parks. The Anaheim Splitsville will be the brand’s new flagship location.
The eclectic Splitsville menu will mix lane favorites like hand-tossed pizza and gourmet burgers with chef-driven specialties like grilled avocado with ahi tuna and filet sliders curated by James Beard Award-winning chef Tim Cushman.
While some elements of physical space were not yet completely operational, the Splitsville Cast Members were friendly and informative about things still in a state of becoming. Many of the staff have relocated from the sister Splitsville in Disney Springs lanes at Walt Disney World.
Unlike the lanes we are generally all used to, the lanes are scattered around the two level space. Rather than all along one wall as they were when human intervention was sometimes necessary in the pin setting process. This arrangement seems to make the game more intimate and fun for a smaller group. There are also “bumpers” in deference to beginner duck pinners.
The restaurant includes indoor and outdoor dining, three full-service bars, and live music daily, There is also and private event space for up to 1,000 guests.
Splitsville has other locations in Tampa, Miami, Orlando, Fla.; Fredericksburg, Va.; and Foxboro, Mass. Following an early morning ribbon cutting the facility will open at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 29.