Town Hall Tap owners planning another restaurant

FIELD — The owners of Town Hall Tap are working to purchase Skylane Bowling to build an additional site at 5019 34th Ave. S. 

“It will be a really relaxing space, despite being a bowling alley,” said Pete Rifakes, co-owner of Town Hall Tap. “It will be something you have come to expect from Town Hall.”

Town Hall Tap was a hit when it opened two years ago at 48th & Chicago. Patrons encountered a waiting list for a table nearly every night of the week for deep-fried brie curds, slow-cooked Cuban sandwiches, and beer flights partially brewed from three casks onsite. The restaurant generated creative new brews like The Parkway Java Porter, which incorporates cold press coffee roasted across the street at Sovereign Grounds.

The new restaurant would not feature an onsite brewery, however. 

“Our goal is to have bowling, a full-service restaurant and full-service bar,” Rifakes said. 

The owners haven’t yet closed on the sale, and menu details aren’t determined.

Rifakes is currently estimating costs to decide the extent of renovations to the Skylane buildings. He said he has been searching for a new Town Hall location. 

“We love the neighborhood over there,” he said. “And I love to bowl as well.”