Executive Strike & Spare closing one door and opening another

The iconic bowling alley announced the closure of one location and the opening of another.

children and families play at a neon-lit bowling alley

Executive Strike & Spare hosts tournaments, high school teams, + community leagues.

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The Executive Strike & Spare bowling alley at 911 Phillips Ln. is in its 10th frame.

Strike & Spare announced that its lease with the Kentucky State Fair board will not be renewed. The lease is set to expire in July, but the bowling alley is being granted a six-month extension and an option to stay for another two years. Officials say they hope to remain in the location as long as possible.

This is not the first Strike & Spare location to close in recent years, as the company closed its Fern Valley location late last year.

The bowling alley’s departure from the area, which also houses the Kentucky Exposition Center, Kentucky Kingdom, and the location of Bourbon and Beyond + Louder than Life, is linked to a $700+ million renovation proposed in late 2022.

But fear not bowling fans — when one giant bowling alley closes, another one opens. Strike & Spare also announced plans for a new location in Jeffersontown, set to open around Thanksgiving.

The new bowling alley will be 45,000 sqft, more than twice the size of the Phillips Lane location. The new alley will feature 34 lanes with an eight-lane VIP suite, plus a full bar and restaurant + 60-game arcade.

Bonus: did you know Executive Strike & Spare was home to the annual Lebowski Fest, a celebration of the 1998 Coen brothers classic, for over a decade?

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