Eastside Bowl

From left: Jamie Rubin, Chark Kinsolving and Tommy Pierce

If you’re like me, you’ve driven past the former site of the K-Mart at Gallatin Pike and Briley Parkway, waiting. Waiting for that parking lot to be something other than a place for Amazon vans to park. Waiting to see if some favorite dishes from the old Family Wash will soon be available.

Waiting for Eastside Bowl to open.

Well, we don’t have to wait much longer.

Chark Kinsolving, Jamie Rubin and Tommy Pierce plan to open the bowling alley, diner and live music venue to the public on Oct. 1, 2021.

Kinsolving and Rubin are founders and former owners of Mercy Lounge, Cannery Ballroom and The High Watt, and the much-missed East Nashville restaurant Family Wash. Tommy Pierce is an investor in The  Basement East. Their big combined project, Eastside Bowl, will include an arcade with vintage pinball and 1980s video games and a retro bar/lounge area in addition to the restaurant, bowling alley and live music venue.

Judging from the Eastside Bowl Instagram feed, the space is filled with hipster catnip — retro decor and groovy colors. I suspect lots of these details will be at The Lounge at Eastside Bowl. That’s the full bar described as the “soul of the Bowl,” which is a tribute to the culture of the 1970s. 

Chark’s Lane-Side Diner (LSD), called The Diner for short, will have a menu from chef Michael Cribb (formerly of the Bound’ry). The idea is to be a modern kitchen with retro diner vibes. On the menu will be familiar dishes such as The Family Wash’s popular original shepherd’s pie. (No word yet on whether my beloved Family Wash pot pie will be on the menu, but the write-in campaign starts now.) The Diner will open early in the morning for breakfast and provide a late-night menu designed for the service and music industry. Some of those music-industry vets may be working at The Wash at Eastside Bowl, a 5,000-square-foot live music venue with a 750-person capacity.

The bowling alley will have 16 lanes using “hyper-bowling,” which includes electronics, lights and sensors. The idea is a combo of bowling and gaming. Its owners say Eastside Bowl will be the only bowling alley within a roughly 300-mile radius using hyper-bowling.

When open, Eastside Bowl’s hours will be Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. until midnight, and Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 3 a.m. Chark’s Lane-side Diner (LSD) wil be open Sunday through Thursday, 6 a.m. to midnight, and Friday through Saturday, 6 a.m. until a closing time not yet announced. There will be a soft opening for AmericanaFest at the end of September.

Eastside Bowl will be located at 1508 Gallatin Pike South in Madison. Stay tuned for more details from Kinsolving and Rubin in the Scene soon.

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