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May 10, 2007

Seidel's closing

Heard a sad rumor last night and had it confirmed this morning: Seidel's Bowling Center is shutting down for good in about a week or so. This place is a Baltimore institution. It's been open for more than 75 years. It's gonna be hard to see it go.

A small consolation: There will be one last Roots Cafe live show there 8 p.m. May 18. Caleb Stine and the Brakemen, the Grandsons and Monsters From the Surf will play live. $10 gets you in and bowling.

Anybody got some good Seidel's stories? Share them -- post a comment here.

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 11:11 AM | | Comments (3)


That's so sad! My earliest childhood memories are of going there Saturday mornings and hearing the rolling thunder and crash of the lanes. Maybe a last minute intervention will save it. That leaves the Patterson lanes as the last duck pin center in the city.

I've actually heard a new bowling alley will be coming in Harbor East in the near future. Not sure whether it will be 10 pins or duck pins, but I'm definitely sure it won't have the energy or history of Seidel's. When I hear more, I'll post more, and follow that up with a review in the paper.

It's Mustang Ally's in Harbor East. At least that's what the sign says. There is liquor Lic. App. Sign in the window too. From the looks of it, It's gonig to Bands, Booze and Bowling.

Sounds like a plan to me!

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