Sea Bowl, the beloved family-owned bowling alley and entertainment center in Pacifica, recently announced that they’ll be closing for good at the end of May.
For over 60 years this beloved bowling alley has attracted folks from across the Peninsula for bowling tournaments, birthday parties, and gatherings of all kinds.
In a letter to the Sea Bowl League Bowlers, owner David Szeto shared that he plans to retire and close his family’s business on May 31, 2023, as first reported by the San Francisco Standard. He goes on to express gratitude and deep appreciation for the community but that they’re ready to start a new chapter.
“We have had many great memories and countless hours of laughter, competition, and camaraderie,” Szeto expressed in the letter. “We will do our best to make the remainder of our time together as enjoyable as possible, and we hope you will continue to come out and bowl until the very end.”
This historic 32-lane bowling alley opened in 1958 and was a runaway hit from the start, as reported by SFGATE. It was apparently so popular that they didn’t close for three nights in a row, with “several thousand” customers enjoying the lanes.
The business changed hands and underwent an extensive renovation in 1996 which is responsible for Sea Bowl’s current look as well as its popular billiard room, arcade, and restaurant the Rockaway Bar & Grill.
There’s no word yet on what the future holds for the building and land, but there’s no indication that it will continue as a bowling alley.
Sea Bowl Entertainment Center will permanently close on Wednesday, May 31, so be sure to take a trip to the beach, play a game and drink in that childhood nostalgia while you still have the chance.