Radio Social reflects on success as local bowling alley announces it’s closed for good

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Radio Social is busy, even on a Tuesday night.

“I actually came here with my roommate because he sort of organized this,” RIT Student Tim Henry said.

Even so, he admitted bowling wouldn’t have been something he’d think to do. “Most people don’t just regularly go bowling,” he said.

That may be true. Just recently, AMF Terrace Gardens Lanes in Rochester announced they’re closed.

Radio Social owner Dan Morgenstern said it’s not the only closure he’s seen in recent years.

“We’ve seen bowling centers one by one close every few years,” he said.

Morgenstern said he’s hoping to turn that around with Radio Social.

“Most of it is it’s just an old experience that’s just no fun anymore and this is the opposite. It’s the energy and the excitement here,” he said.”Everything you do here is activity based, whether you’re playing corn hole, shuffle board or bowling.

We asked bowlers like Anthony Hardisky if he thinks the push for change, like the one we’re seeing at Radio Social, is working.

“It’s chic. It just seems catered to a younger crowd for sure,” Hardisky said.

A message on AMF Terrace Gardens Lanes website reads:

“We have deeply appreciated your patronage and support over the years. We’ve made great bowling memories together, and we would like to continue to do so by inviting you to bowl with us at AMF Dewey Garden lanes!”

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