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March 17, 2017

Bayside Bowl completes multimillion-dollar expansion

Courtesy / Bayside Bowl
Courtesy / Bayside Bowl
Bayside Bowl's co-owner Justin Alfond, far left, leads off an opening roll of the bowling ball at the ribbon-cutting for the Portland bowling alley's new eight-lane expansion.

Bayside Bowl has completed its 10-month, multimillion-dollar expansion in Portland that includes new amenities and a rooftop solar system.

"This is a great day for Bayside Bowl, our staff, and our customers," said Charlie Mitchell, managing partner, in a release. "We've had tremendous partners in the city, the neighborhood and in the bowling community. There's no place in the world I'd rather do business than in Bayside and in Portland."

The Portland Press Herald reported the $3 million expansion contains eight new bowling lanes, a mezzanine overlooking the lanes, an old school arcade and a one-of-a-kind rooftop bar and taco truck.

In addition to the new amenities, Bayside Bowl now has a 422-panel, roof-mounted solar electric system that will offset an estimated 34% of its current annual electric consumption.

"Seven years ago, we had a vision for building the best bowling center in Maine," co-owner Justin Alfond said in a release. "With this expansion, we now have three additional bars, an amazing rooftop deck and stand among the best bowling venues in the country. We are setting a high bar for bowling and for our community."

The expansion took 10 months to complete, and over that time, more than 350 Mainers from 76 different Maine companies worked on the project. The increased capacity will also allow Bayside Bowl to grow its staff from 28 employees to 38 employees over the coming year.

Bayside Bowl opened its doors in 2010 and is now home to 20 lanes, four full bars, an award-winning kitchen, old school arcade, live music, rooftop bar with taco truck and the Bowl Portland bowling league.

Bayside Bowl will host the L.L.Bean PBA League Elias Cup and the MaineQuarterly.com Roth/Holman Doubles Tournament from April 9-16. The MaineQuarterly.com Roth/Holman Doubles Championship will start on Monday, April 10 with 32 teams and will culminate with a live ESPN show on April 16 from 1-3 p.m.

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