Members of the town's Economic Development Committee at a ribbon cutting ceremony for Laurel Lanes with new owner Tony Hang.
Members of the town's Economic Development Committee at a ribbon cutting ceremony for Laurel Lanes with new owner Tony Hang.
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WINSTED — The reopening of a town landmark, Laurel Lanes duckpin bowling alley, was celebrated at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday, July 21.
It was announced back in June that Tony Hang, owner of Mama Pho Restaurant at 266 Main Street, would be purchasing the alley, located nearby at 242 Main Street.
Hang originally opened Mama Pho back in 2018.
The bowling alley has been open for decades and was originally operated by the late Angelo Desanti.
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, Angelo’s grand nephew, stepped up to the plate to buy the bowling alley with Doug Hausch.
Back in June, Hausch announced plans to move south and retire.
He subsequently sold the alley to Hang, who spruced up the alley before reopening it a few weeks ago.
Hang also relocated his Papa Boba bubble tea and snack shop inside the bowling alley.
“I am very excited and I cannot wait for people to come to the alley,” Hang said.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony was organized by the town’s Economic Development Commission.
“This bowling alley is critical to the community,” Commission Chairman Dennis Dressel said. “It’s one of the few alleys left in the state and it is key to the downtown area. It gives us all something to do on a rainy day. Tony has become a real entrepreneur in town, and if anybody can make this bowling alley work, it’s him.”
For more information about Laurel Lanes go to its Facebook page at .facebook.com/Laurel-Lanes-Winsted-CT-155447171196771

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