New Orleans’ favorite bowling alley/music venue hybrid plans to open up a second location in Lafayette next year.
The New Orleans Advocate reports that Johnny Blancher II, whose father founded the original Rock ‘n’ Bowl in 1988, is hard at work transforming Lafayette’s old Whitney Bank building into the establishment’s first expansion location. The new facility is expected to open in December of 2017.
Evidently, Blancher intends to replicate the New Orleans location’s atmosphere while also paying homage to building’s history as a bank. For instance, the drive-thru window will be turned into a window to the full-service restaurant’s kitchen, while old spaces will be redesigned as balcony suites with views of the bowling lanes and concert hall.
According to The New Orleans Advocate Rock ‘n’ Bowl will take up the bottom two floors of the five-story building, making it a little bit larger than the current New Orleans location on Carrollton Avenue. The top three floors will be rented out as office space.