November 28, 2014

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Amherst family reopens Park Avenue bowling lanes

AMHERST — Diane Citro remembers bowling at Park Lanes as a high schooler while working in downtown Amherst.

Diane Citro and her son, Daniel Nutt, pose Wednesday at Park Lanes Bowling and Brew, the eight-lane bowling alley that is reopening on Park Avenue in Amherst. (CT photo by Chuck Humel.)

Diane Citro and her son, Daniel Nutt, pose Wednesday at Park Lanes Bowling and Brew, the eight-lane bowling alley that is reopening on Park Avenue in Amherst. (CT photo by Chuck Humel.)

“There’s a lot of happy memories down here, and we’re looking to create that for people again,” said Citro, who is returning to the area as owner of the re-christened Park Lanes Bowling and Brew eight-lane alley with her husband, Michael, and son, Daniel Nutt. Nutt formerly owned D’Tutanelli’s Pizzeria in Lorain, which was damaged in a fire in 2010.

The Amherst couple, who want to make the alley a focal point for leagues and family events, purchased the 249 Park Ave. business about two months ago from former owner Joseph Gambish, an Amherst councilman who has announced plans to run for mayor against incumbent David Taylor in November.

Details of the sale were not revealed under terms of a nondisclosure agreement between the two sides.

Workers are completing renovations that began about six weeks ago and include a new paint job.

“We made a lot of aesthetic changes,” Citro said. “We decided to get rid of the gray color and go with warmer colors … sand and Tuscan gold. We definitely want it to be family-oriented.”

Holding a grand reopening this week, Citro and her husband are looking to kickstart league play, from children’s leagues to men’s and women’s leagues, as well as mixed leagues and birthday parties.

But there’ll also be lots of time for open bowling, dart leagues and other activities.
Plans call for the bowling lanes to be open 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. weekdays and noon to 11 p.m. weekends.

“The alley used to be closed for the summer, but we’re planning to be open year-round,” Citro said.

The bar and snack bar will have longer hours, according to Citro, from the time the alley opens each day until 2:30 a.m.

Contact Steve Fogarty at 329-7146 or sfogarty@chroniclet.com.