Daly City’s Serra Bowl Set To Close Next Month

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DALY CITY (KCBS) – Customers of longtime bowling alley Serra Bowl in Daly City are both saddened and frustrated that it will be closing its doors next month.

The facility has hosted endless birthday parties and bowling leagues for more than 50 years. But it’s closing in April because the landlord won’t renew the lease.

“I’ve been coming to this bowling alley since 1960, when I was about this big in the nursery,” said longtime customer Brock Lee. “My parents were in a league and I probably met my wife here because she was here too. We probably met in the little nursery.”

The lease ends on April 15. When reached by phone, owner Joseph Conte said he couldn’t talk about Serra Bowl. Mark Gastrock said he’ll miss it.

KCBS’ Bob Butler Reports:

“I bring my kids here. Especially during the summer, they have a great program where kids get to bowl for free,” he said. “I know my kids really enjoyed doing that. It’s a way to keep everyone active.”

Manager Sara Lewinstein said it just doesn’t seem fair.

“Our kids, the seniors, everyone is so distraught about felling like they’re being put out on the street without a place to go,” Lewinstein said. “This has been their home. They met their boyfriends, they’ve gotten married, they’ve had children and grandchildren.”

Serra Bowl is inviting the entire community to gather at the facility on Saturday, March 10 to show their support and protest the proposed closing.

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