Southside Social bowls a strike, supporters say

Owner John Wise walks between bowling lanes Thursday, March 12, 2015, as the Southside Social bowling alley prepares for business in Chattanooga, Tenn. The business officially opened last week.
photo Owner John Wise walks between bowling lanes Thursday, March 12, 2015, as the Southside Social bowling alley prepares for business in Chattanooga, Tenn. The business officially opened last week.

Chattanooga developer John Wise wasn't the first person to raise the idea of building a bowling alley downtown, but an earlier proposal never worked out.

"I did a little traveling and fell in love with the concept and decided to do it," said Wise, whose Southside Social bowling alley has brought the sport to the center city after what he heard is an absence of some three generations.

Wise's new 10-lane bowling alley is part of a multi-use entertainment complex he has raised over the past year or so on Chestnut Street across from Finley Stadium, and more is planned.

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