Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Lanes & Games in Cambridge Expected to Close This Summer; Residential Complex Approved for Space

Last summer we reported that a local institution for bowling and more might be shutting down in order to make way for a new development. Now we have learned that this will indeed be happening.

According to an article from Wicked Local, the Cambridge Planning Board has approved of plans to build a 320-unit apartment complex on Route 2 at the site where Lanes & Games and the Gateway Motel currently reside. In August of 2016, we mentioned that the residential project was being proposed and that the family behind the bowling alley was expected to keep it open for another year or so; the current article from Wicked Local mentions that the plan was for Lanes & Games to remain open until the bowling leagues finish up for the summer, and a Tweet from today seems to confirm this.

Lanes & Games, which first opened more than 30 years ago, has been a popular place for bowling, pool, and video games over the years; it also has a restaurant and bar that offers such items as burgers, pizza, ribs, and steak tips.

The address for Lanes & Games is 195 Concord Turnpike, Cambridge, MA, 02140.

[May 16 update: Cambridge Day is reporting that following April's approval by the Cambridge Planning Board of plans to build the apartment complex, the Arlington Redevelopment Board decided last night not to file any sort of appeal against the proposal, which appears to be a major blow for opponents of the project since the deadline for any appeals is only a week away (Tuesday, May 23).]

[June 26 update: The Boston Globe mentions that Lanes & Games will remain open through at least mid-July, though posters on The Arlington List Facebook group page are saying it might remain open until the end of July.]

[Earlier Article]
Lanes & Games in Cambridge May Be Replaced by a Residential Development

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[A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area]