Photo by Christopher Rabago.
Photo by Christopher Rabago.
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WINSTED — Since 2011, Doug Hausch has owned Laurel Lanes duckpin bowling alley at 266 Main Street.
The alley has been open for decades and, for many years, it was operated by the late Angelo Desanti who became a staple in town along with the alley itself.
Desanti retired after almost 70 years in business in the early part of the 2000s, and the alley sat vacant for years until George Noel, Desanti’s grand nephew, stepped up to the plate to buy the bowling alley with Hausch.
Noel left the business after a year or so, leaving Hausch to operate the legendary bowling alley by himself.
Now, Hausch has put the bowling alley up for sale again, just like he did back in late 2019.
However, this time around Hausch said that he is moving down south within the next two months.
“The alley may close until I find a buyer,” Hausch said. “I am looking around for someone to take it over. I am looking at the duckpin community because I want to keep it as a bowling alley. I’m not trying to make a profit on the business, I just want to keep it as a bowling alley.”
During his interview with The Winsted Phoenix, Hausch spoke of his love of duckpin bowling, along with his love of the community of Winsted.
He said that he is afraid to sell it to a buyer that would want to change the bowling alley into anything else.
“Duckpin is a dying breed,” Hausch said. “If the place ever is sold for any other use, it will never be a duckpin bowling alley again. If it ends up being sold as commercial real estate and someone picks it up, they can do whatever they want with it.”
Hausch said that this is one of the reasons why he is selling the property himself without any real estate agent.
He said that wants to keep the duckpin bowling alley as a bowling alley for future generations.
“It’s important to me because the town loves it,” he said. “It’s a great little spot on Main Street.”
Sadly, bowling alleys have become a dying breed over the years, as many of them all across the country have closed in the past decade.
Skytop Lanes in Torrington closed in 2016 after 49 years of operation.
The former bowling alley building is now a location for multiple offices, along with an emergency medical center.
The nearest duckpin bowling lane from Winsted is Danbury Duckpin Lanes which is 56 miles away from Winsted.
Hausch is asking $300,000 for the duckpin bowling alley and the sale price includes the building and its equipment.
He said that, no matter what happens, he will always have great memories of Laurel Lanes and Winsted.
“I just want to thank all of my customers over the years for their support, along with their friendship,” he said. ”I will miss everybody and I love the place. It’s an awesome business and it is one of the best in town. It brings people from all over the state. This town has been wonderful, including the residents. It’s been a dream for the last 10 years, and it’s the best thing I’ve ever done. I just whoever decides to take it over. I hope that they fall in love with the place and find all the enjoyment and satisfaction that I found over the years.”
Hausch added that the alley may close either in late April or early May, and that the alley would remain closed until a new buyer is found.

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