Updated:ORLANDO, Fla. —
KINGS Bowl Orlando opens its doors to the public Thursday, April 18 at 6 p.m. in the "I-Drive Live" project on Orlando's world-famous corridor, International Drive. It’s the first Florida location for KINGS Bowl, the Boston-based, dining, bowling and entertainment venue that pioneered the upscale bowling revolution in 2003.
The 30,000-square-foot venue offers a first-class dining, bowling and entertainment experience unlike any other in Central Florida. In addition to 22 ten-pin bowling lanes, KINGS Orlando offers a full-service upscale restaurant, four full-sized billiards tables, a regulation-sized shuffleboard table, a full outdoor bocce ball court (one of only a few in the area), massive sports bar boasting 60 HDTVs and a real-time sports ticker, pour-you-own beer taps, dancing and more. KINGS Orlando is further differentiated by transforming into an adults-only experience after dark. By day, families with children can bowl and savor homemade ice cream and other treats. At 6 p.m., general public admission moves to adults only, age 21 and above.
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Kings Bowl Orlando debuted on Tuesday with “Bowl-Erina," a fundraising event to benefit the Orlando Ballet, followed by a grand opening party on Wednesday. Both private celebrations drew a variety of celebrities, VIPs, television personalities and top business and hospitality industry professionals from Central Florida. Robert and Tricia Earl, Visit Orlando CEO George Aguel, International Drive Resort Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Maria Triscari and Orlando Ballet Artistic Director Robert Hill joined with KINGS Owner Patrick Lyons to cut the opening ribbon and roll out the ceremonial first ball during “Bowl-Erina.”
“Bowling has always been a great social sport and Kings has reinvented the experience for a new generation,” says Patrick Lyons, president and founder of the Lyons Group and KINGS Bowl America. “Serious ten-pin athletes will relish our ultramodern lanes and roomy player accommodations, while even the most ‘gutter-prone’ will appreciate our chef’s delicious fare and our thoughtful menu of craft beers and signature cocktails.”
From the moment they set foot inside KINGS, guests know that they are in for an experience unlike any other. A hip, retro-inspired vibe and grooving soundtrack greets them as they navigate between a friendly evening at the lanes, great food in the restaurant and socializing in KINGS’ lounge bar that translates to an open, climate controlled outdoor café experience on the stylish, full-service patio. Committed sports fans can catch all of the action at KINGS’ massive sports bar boasting 60 HDTVs and projectors and a real-time sports ticker. Guests can also take in the scene on the energetic concourse catching all the action happening throughout the expansive facility.
The idea of bowling alley food as an afterthought is tossed in the gutter at KINGS; everything is carefully crafted, made fresh and delivered daily. The full-service KINGS restaurant serves an impressive, executive chef-designed menu of American favorites and delicious comfort food. Appetizers include unique, modern plays on classic bar fare, such as cheeseburger spring rolls, perfectly fried mac & cheese bites and homemade buffalo chicken wontons. Entrees are highlighted by house-smoked baby back ribs, juicy and creative burgers and KINGS’ signature, tender, award-winning steak tips. Diners can finish their meal with a taste of sweet nostalgia from the built-in Ice Cream Shoppe featuring creative sundaes and delicious homemade desserts. The impressive menu is served throughout the entire facility until close seven days a week.
In addition to the food and entertainment, KINGS is well-known for its special events and parties. The venue boasts multiple jaw-dropping private bowling and meeting spaces complimented by state-of-the-art audio and visual capabilities. Two meeting rooms can be made completely private and can accommodate up to 50 and 100 people, respectively. Party goers can bowl while enjoying an assortment of upscale culinary delights served right to the lanes, as well as best-in-industry service that has already made KINGS a repeat destination for so many in Boston and Chicago. Birthdays, bachelor and bachelorette parties, kids’ parties, and corporate and team building parties are all made memorable with the unique combination of entertainment, great food and unforgettable service.
Following in the toe-steps of “Bowl-Erina,” KINGS will continue to be a committed and actively engaged member of the Orlando community through “fun-raisers” and in-kind donations. KINGS has already made a philanthropic name in its markets, having hosted and raised millions for local charities attended by the likes of popular celebrities and athletes including former and current NBA stars Shaquille O’Neal, Glen “Big Baby” Davis, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Rajon Rondo, Ray Allen, Patriots Tom Brady, Wes Welker and Jerod Mayo, Bears captain Charles Tillman, and BC and NFL legend Doug Flutie. KINGS will immediately look to make a similar impact in the Orlando area. Other famous guests at KINGS include Lady Gaga, Adam Sandler, Seth MacFarlane, Mark Wahlberg and many more of music and Hollywood’s finest.
KINGS also assures that local residents and members of the Orlando hospitality industry are treated like royalty. They can register to receive a free loyalty card that will provide the benefits of seasonally rotated, exclusive specials and discounts. Locals will also appreciate free surface parking in 600 adjacent available spaces and easy access via Universal Boulevard.