Revolutions is coming to South Windsor.
No, not a fundamental change in the power structure that takes place in a relatively short period of time. The ghost of Che Guevara isn’t haunting the town, yet.
This Revolutions is a new, upscale bowling lounge, located on Bidwell Road near Nomads Adventure Quest, that is scheduled to have its grand opening on Aug. 18.
And while the name of the business is a play on words regarding the rotation of a bowling ball, it also represents a new business model.
Indeed, Revolutions is not your father’s bowling alley, according to manager Fred Wynter.
The business will feature 16 lanes, Wynter said, and will include other amenities that separate the lounge from a normal alley.
“It’s upscale, there’s going to be a dress code and there will be waitress service [to serve alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages],” Wynter said. “People will be greeted at the front desk, where you get your shoes. A hostess will bring you to your lane and introduce you to your waitress.”
The computer system is also state-of-the-art, Wynter said, such that bowlers can program in 13 specialty games like poker and tap/no-tap. Bowlers can also customize the theme of their scoring monitors, giving them, for example, dinosaur or disco backgrounds, according to Wynter.
The lanes themselves are also high-tech, capable of alerting technicians of problems with the pin-replacement arm or if someone has stepped into the alleys.
There will also be four enormous (22’ x 13’) screens for watching events like the Super Bowl or for presentations for businesses that rent out the place, Wynter said.
Revolutions will also have an individual bar, a banquet hall with a capacity of 500 people, a billiard room with pool tables and dart boards and four breakout party rooms, Wynter said. Robotic lights adorn the facility to give it a nightclub feel.
“You have to see it,” Wynter gushed. “I can’t describe it to you.”
Wynter added that the building uses the latest energy efficient technology that “uses the least amount of power of any bowling system in the area.”
Revolutions is yet one more addition to South Windsor Entertainment LLC’s growing business in town that includes Nomads and Willow Brook Golf Course.
The idea is to give adults another nighttime entertainment option in the Greater Hartford area without having to travel to the casinos.
“We’re very excited,” said Wynter, noting that customers don’t have to spend $7 on parking or drive 40 minutes on Route 2 to enjoy themselves. “People can come here and have a good time right in their backyard.”
The facility was converted in a short period of time, with the approvals received in February, the designs submitted in March and the construction virtually completed by May.
“We worked hard on this,” said South Windsor Entertainment co-owner Doug Nation. “Not to discourage the younger crowd, but we want adults to also have a good time.”
Nation said that league play will take place on Mondays and Tuesdays, but that open play will be available Wednesday through the end of the week.
If nothing else, he wants people just to try it once.
“It’s nice; it’s like no bowling alley you’ve ever seen before,” he said.