Bowling Fancy

Fort Worth's Shops at Clearfork hits strike with bowling-bocce bistro

Fort Worth's Shops at Clearfork hits strike with bowling-bocce bistro

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The menu at Pinstripe will feature Italian-American dishes including pasta. Courtesy of Pinstripes

A restaurant and entertainment venue will open in Fort Worth, bringing bowling, bocce, and a bistro. Called Pinstripes, it'll open at the Shops at Clearfork with 12 bowling lanes, six indoor and outdoor bocce courts, a bistro, and expansive patios with fire pits, boasting a unique indoor-outdoor profile like none other. It'll go next door to the recently announced AMC Theatre, with an opening in late 2017.

Pinstripes focuses on Italian-American food, with an exceptional wine cellar and rotating menu of craft beers and cocktails. The menu includes something called an Italian jambalaya, salmon, sea bass, filet mignon, pizza, flatbreads, and pasta. Entrées range from $20 to $30. An event space will accommodate 20 to 600 guests for corporate events, private parties, and wine dinners.

Pinstripes was founded in Chicago in 2005 by CEO Dale Schwartz as a novel concept that would offer people an alternative way to combine fun with food and wine, while connecting with others in the community.

"We shaped the concept to accentuate the duality of bocce and bowling, Italian and American cuisine and wines, and gelato and ice cream," Schwartz says in a statement. The inclusion of bocce added a different twist and helped combat the bowling stereotype.

The first branch opened in Northbrook, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago; there are now seven locations in Illinois, Minneapolis, Kansas, and Washington, D.C. Two other Texas branches are in the works: at the Wade Park development in Frisco, and the Kirby Collection development in Houston, both set to open in 2018.

The Shops at Clearfork is the shopping, dining, and entertainment destination in southwest Fort Worth off the Chisholm Trail Parkway. The first anchor tenant, Neiman Marcus, opened on February 10. Eventually, it'll be home to 100 home furnishing and specialty stores, and local and national restaurants, including Doc B's Fresh Kitchen, which is slated to open in fall 2017.