Bowling giant AMF hopes to pick up Capitol Hill’s Garage to expand bowling center empire — UPDATE: Bowlero

A longtime staple of Capitol Hill nightlife fun and games appears headed for a big change.

AMF, an operator of bowling and entertainment centers including laser tag arenas, and a manufacturer of bowling equipment, has applied for a liquor license for the acquisition of Broadway’s Garage Bowling and Billiards.

UPDATE: Permitting work indicates the venue will be operated as a Bowlero bowling center and arcade with bar and food service. Hopefully this isn’t bad news for the neighborhood’s pool sharks.

A representative at the Virginia-based company declined to comment on the application and our inquiry to Garage ownership has not yet been answered.

Alex Rosenast and Mike Bitondo founded the Garage two decades ago after a chance run-in with the property’s owner at a Mariner’s game. A company registered to Rosenast now owns the $3 million-plus building home to the alleys and pool hall. There is no record of any property sale at this time. The building is also home to a Vivace coffee bean roasting facility.  Continue reading