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Bowling alley opens quietly for business

Fun Lanes, Vicksburg’s first bowling alley in 11 years, quietly opened Tuesday afternoon.

“We’re going to have a soft opening now; we’ll have a grand opening at a later date,” said Patrick Belden, operations manager for Fun Lanes, adding the alley opened at 3 p.m. Tuesday.

Belden said the bowling alley, which is located in the former Goody’s clothing store in the mall, will have electronic scoring, specialty lighting and video games. There will also be a restaurant serving pizza, hamburgers — “a full menu plus alcohol,” but for the time being a reduced menu will be available.

The bowling alley has not received its liquor permit, he said.

Beginning Wednesday, Belden said, the bowling alley’s hours will be from 11 a.m. to midnight during the week, and from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. on weekends.

The city has been without a bowling alley since Red Carpet Lanes, which operated on Clay Street near Hope Street for 48 years, closed in 2007 because of structural problems with the building and a lack of bowlers.

About John Surratt

John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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