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Waterfront: New Bears Boutique Bowling centre will open with New Year’s celebration

17:06 14 December 2013

Charlie Manning, taken before work started on the Boutique Bowling centre in Star Lane

Charlie Manning, taken before work started on the Boutique Bowling centre in Star Lane

A new bowling alley and gaming centre in Ipswich is set to open with a New Year’s extravaganza.

Construction at Bears Boutique Bowling in Star Lane, near the Waterfront, will be finishing this month and the managers are planning to throw a celebratory party on New Year’s Eve.

“We are in the last couple of weeks now of the building, we’re just finishing up the work,” said Charlie Manning, proprietor of the new business as well as Manning’s Amusements in Felixstowe.

“We are having a couple of private training events to start off and then on New Year’s Eve we’re having a celebration party which is open to the public.

“The following week we’ll fully open with the kitchen and bar. Up to the first week of the New Year we’ll be doing just bar service. Then in the first full week in January we’ll have the kitchen.”

The centre will be split into two floors and will include five bowling lanes, gaming machines, a cocktail bar, beer bar and an American-style burger diner.

As well as offering people a place to enjoy games, food and drink, there will also be function rooms.

Members of the public have already been taking an interest in Bears, which is set to create about 30 jobs.

“We’ve had about 30 enquiries for Christmas parties and we said we’d try to do them if we could,” said Mr Manning.

“We’ve had car loads of people turning up just thinking we’re open. We’ve had students coming across, loads of people want to organise regular events, people phoning up about the food challenges who are quite keen to win the shirts.

“It’s going to be busy from day dot. The feedback we’ve had has been really good.”

13 comments

  • I agree with Robert. Moan, moan moan. Well all you moaners, get off your backsides an do something positive yourself. I doubt I will frequent the establishment but it is creating interest and jobs, what have you moaners done recently?

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    Drew Peacock

    Sunday, December 15, 2013

  • Don't forget folks, the Star building in Lower Brook Street is part of the 'link' between town and waterfront and lots of development cash up for grabs; if they don't push the notion of a 'waterfront' then perhaps they have nothing worth selling. Just a thought.

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    Johnthebap

    Sunday, December 15, 2013

  • Gaming machines and burgers...classy!!!

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    waspie

    Sunday, December 15, 2013

  • "...near the Waterfront." Just had to slip that in didn't you? The only people that give two hoots about the precious waterfront are the council and the star. There are lots of other great attractions in the area, such as Upper Orwell Street, always a treat. And a permanent (traffic) light show, complete with "fog" machines idling away waiting for a green...

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    Winston Barrington Jr.

    Saturday, December 14, 2013

  • This is no less classy than opening a Toby Carvery and a Harvester on the outskirts of town, yet no-ones seems to have complained about those (despite the fact that they will devalue neighbouring properties).

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    alittlebitwoolly

    Monday, December 16, 2013

  • Tree cheers for Mr Manning. This building has been derelict for more than ten years since Essex Furnishings went bust. Good to see someone getting on and sorting something out that will provide pleasure to many people. Surely anyone who loves this town despite all its faults will welcome this.

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    Simon K

    Sunday, December 15, 2013

  • Bowling, gaming machines and burgers. Sounds very classy, just what the town centre needs.

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    Esco Fiasco

    Saturday, December 14, 2013

  • it might be fun for familys living close to the area , have you tried parking on the waterfront or near on a summers day?

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    TERENCE MANNING

    Sunday, December 15, 2013

  • Hardly the Waterfront ! Suits Ipswich's Image to a T , Well Done Charlie should be a great attraction to some , will put off more .

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    Poppys Dad

    Saturday, December 14, 2013

  • What a load of old moaners we have on here leaving comments. It is near the waterfront, it will be good for the area, it will create jobs and be a fun place for family's to go. Also the waterfront area and St Peters Street with family owned business's like mauds attic is the only good part of Ipswich. The rest including the town centre is like any other town centre.

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    Robert Manning

    Sunday, December 15, 2013

  • Moan, moan, ****ing moan! Well I'm glad you lot aren't getting behind it, because I wouldn't want you there anyway! Can't wait for this to open, something different, something fun and new business for the town. If you all don't like Ipswich, then what the hell are you doing here still?! Jokers.

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    Beach Hut

    Sunday, December 15, 2013

  • that area is getting like las vegas , will need a lot of police patrols.soon the prosies will move in.

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    TERENCE MANNING

    Saturday, December 14, 2013

  • I assume you've not been to Las Vegas Terance Manning? I went a few years back and I don't remember drawing many similarities to this part of Ipswich's one-way system. There is also an abundance of parking in this part of town - most of those car parks have more empty spaces than filled. I drive through the one-way system every night on my way home from work and anything that improves this tatty piece of land will be a bonus. The fact that is providing jobs and an entertainment venue is a bonus. As for the anti-waterfront comments - the waterfront is the one pleasant part of the town for going out. I had the dubious pleasure of being on a work night out last Saturday in the town centre. It was horrific - police everywhere picking up the pieces caused by people who have no concept of self-control. Something you generally don't tend to see down at the waterfront!

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    alittlebitwoolly

    Sunday, December 15, 2013

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