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Nov 3, 2015 4:41 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Encouraged By East Hampton Town, Rubenstein Will Bring Bowling Alley Plans To Fruition

East Hampton Indoor Tennis is planned for a new bowling alley and game center. LAURA WEIR
Nov 3, 2015 4:41 PM

Encouraged by the positive reception he received before the East Hampton Town Planning Board, Scott Rubenstein said this week that he plans to start drafting a formal application for the construction of a new bowling alley, miniature golf course and sports bar on the East Hampton Indoor Tennis property off Daniels Hole Road in Wainscott.

Mr. Rubenstein said on Monday he hopes to have a formal application ready within a month and hopes to have approvals for the project in some final form by next summer so that construction could begin with a summer 2017 opening date. He told the Planning Board the project will cost between $6 and $7 million.

Late last month Planning Board members asked Mr. Rubenstein to bring them more information about the plans for the sports bar and restaurant, which he has said could have seating for up to 175 people inside and outside, but were largely supportive of the concept in general.

“In my estimation it is definitely feasible, I think it would be a great addition to the community,” Planning Board chairman Reed Jones said this week. “Whenever you are opening a bar or restaurant you want to know more about who the patrons are, what the hours will be, what the lighting will be, considerations for parking, so he’s got to come back to us with some more specifics.”

Planning Board member Job Potter was the lone voice of doubt on the board during the one public presentation on the proposal, and he remained cautiously skeptical this week about the scope of the project.

“I have an open mind about it, I recognize it would provide some recreation that we could use in this community,” Mr. Potter said. “But we really need to take a look at the fact that this is a very different kind of operation from what they have now. The bowling alley and a sports lounge sounds like it would be a nighttime thing too. That’s different from a tennis club.

“It might be good,” he added. “It just has to be done right.”

Preliminary sketches of the proposal show an existing tennis bubble that is attached to the main indoor tennis facility building being removed and replaced with the bowling alley building. The sports lounge area would have a restaurant with about 60 seats, a bar with about 30 stools, a second outdoor bar of about the same size and an arcade.

Adjacent the new building, the miniature golf course and a new parking lot with about 100 spaces would replace existing soccer and softball fields. A new tennis bubble would be built over four of the 20 existing outdoor tennis courts.

The plans as currently laid out would require that about 7,000 square feet of additional land be cleared of trees to make way for the new parking lot, though some of that lot will be grass over-spill parking, rather than asphalt or gravel. The 24-acre property currently has 514,000 square feet of cleared land.

Mr. Rubenstein said that the formal application will likely have some tweaks from the preliminary proposal brought to the board, including fewer seats in the bar/restaurant to accommodate board of health limitations.

He noted this week that while the creation of the new bar and restaurant is a different use, the facility did have food preparation and dining services already with a kitchen that produced more than 200 lunches a day for tennis camp participants and two food service facility permits from the county.

“We were definitely encouraged by the reception at the Planning Board,” Mr. Rubenstein said this week. “We think this will be a great project. We are zoned for it, we have more than land and more than enough parking. It’s going to be good.”

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Sweet. Now I begin my domination in miniature golf.
By harbor (411), East Hampton on Nov 4, 15 9:09 AM
The East Hampton bowlers that I bowl leagues with in Shirley will be thrilled.
By Nukiepoo (123), Southampton on Nov 5, 15 8:34 AM
The bowling alley will be well received. Speaking for all of the league bowlers out here.
By JosephCerami (1), on Nov 5, 15 11:34 AM
And a game room please so I can win prizes for tickets!
By carlag123 (4), East HAmpton on Nov 6, 15 5:30 PM
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