Shake and Bake’s new bowling alley to debut at April 6 grand reopening

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The Bake is back—again.

The second phase of the Shake and Bake Family Fun Center in Upton will debut at its grand reopening April 6 with “Soul Bowl.” The event will be adults-only, with food and drink, plus music provided by streetwear and shoe store chain DTLR.

The new basement-level bowling alley sports 24 lanes, new balls and pinsetting equipment, a new DJ booth with upgraded sound, new flooring, updated bathrooms, TVs, a pair of party rooms, billiards tables and more. Aesthetically, it also has new flooring, artwork and LED lighting.

Shut down in August of 2017 for emergency repairs, Shake and Bake on Pennsylvania has been getting a facelift on all levels. Almost a year ago to this day, the Department of Recreation and Parks unveiled phase one of the renovations to the facility’s main attraction, the skating rink on the first level, with new sound gear, skates and branding, as well as updated concessions and kitchens and a new roof.

The second phase also included an update to the floor of the rink, Recreation and Parks said in an announcement today.

The rink debuted in 1982, a personal project of former Baltimore Colts star wide receiver Glenn “Shake and Bake” Doughty, who bought the lot from the city for $1 and took out nearly $5 million in development loans from the city. Doughty built a recreational oasis in Upton, complete with a bowling alley, a 22,000-square-foot roller rink, an arcade, two eateries inside and more. But while tens of thousands were visiting on a weekly basis, according to the Maryland Historical Society, Doughty fell behind on payments and sold the property back to the city in 1985.

It’s remained under city control ever since. The facility has, under the management of Anthony Williams Sr. until its 2017 closure, hosted regular skating nights, parties, concerts (one featuring Gucci Mane in 2013), amateur boxing matches and more.

Admission to the April 6 grand reopening costs $10 per person and includes a free game and shoe rental. Event details.

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