Posts Tagged ‘pitcher’

What the New “Lucky Strike” Upscale Bowling Lounge in SoMA Looks Like, Now That It’s Open

Friday, September 21st, 2012

It looks like this:

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Quite a lot of stuff going on in that shot, huh?

I hadn’t seen the place since it opened up in March 2012.

This is what things look like back then:

The thing about Lucky Strike at 200 King near 4th Street is that’s it’s not like any bowling alley you’ve ever seen. Call it a “gastropub-ish funhouse” or an “upscale bowling lounge” instead.

Get the deets here and now let’s take a look.

Exterior at 200 King:

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L.S. on the left, AT&T Park on the right, kitty-corner:

And the CalTrain station is to the right as you look outward:

Here’s the main bar and restaurant seating area. The idea of the communal tables on the left is to have them at Goldilocks height, not too low and not too high, to allow mixing and conversation betwixt those sitting and those standing.

OMG, this place is bigger than I thought it would be.

Moving on to the Einstein Room, with billiards and other diversions to entertain your brain:

But lets go further in, let’s go bowling:

Shoes shoes shoes!

On the way to the lanes:

I don’t know what this is:

Here we go, here are some of the lanes:

The main bowling area will have art all around, made by innumerable local artists. Here are some Obey Giants from Shepard Fairey, who used to be local.

Moving on past the Lebowski Wall(!) to…

…the Green Room, your own private party space with your own private lanes! OMG.

Can you imagine what kind of large, rich, youthful companies have already made reservations to rent out the Green Room and portions of the main bar area? Oh yes you can, give a guess and you’ll be correct. Anyway, here are the special Green Room lanes, one of which is named in honor of Brian Wilson, a part-owner.

In short, Lucky Strike is going to be awesome.

See you Friday!

Matt Cain Giant Audi Billboard Evolution: From Striking Out Competition to PERFECTION to Visit My Friends

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

Now see here, this is the way things used to be at Geary and Masonic, right near the deadly Masonic Trader Joe’s gro sto.

See? This ad from last year was horrible: 

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Then the local Audi people got rid of that billboard because the Giants were no longer champs.

But then, Matt Cain pitched his perfect game earlier this year, so up went a new ad:

It was much better, non? 

But now we’re back to this:

Now, does Matt Cain really have friends at Audi San Francisco?

I don’t think so.

And, think about it, does anybody really need an Audi?

I don’t think so.

Oh well.

In closing, Cain!

Finally, Giants Pitcher Matt Cain Gets the Giant Billboard He Deserves – Compare the Old with the New

Monday, July 9th, 2012

Now see here, this is the way things used to be at Geary and Masonic, right near the deadly Masonic Trader Joe’s gro sto.

See? This ad from last year was horrible: 

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Then the local Audi people got rid of this billboard because the Giants were no longer champs.

But then, Matt Cain pitched his perfect game, so up goes this new ad:

It’s much better, non? 

Hurray!

This is Still a Stupid Billboard: “We Strike Out Competition Like San Francisco Champs” from Pitcher Matt Cain

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Still.

But anyway

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Audios.

San Francisco’s Official “420″ Bus, as Seen in Haight Ashbury, of All Places – Plus, GO GIANTS!

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

Look closer, you’ll see it.

You think it’s just a coincidence that the old 420 rolls through the Upper Haight?

I don’t.*

We’re on our way to The Vapor Room!**

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And hey, speaking of bud and Giants baseball, back in the 1990′s, people, just regular people, not just baseball players, would hang out in the crib of star pitcher William Joseph Van Landingham and smoke weed all day. So much so that other Giants called him Van Bongingham. I’m srsly.

All right, GO GIANTS!

*Check out what’s on the side of area fire trucks, for example.

**Indeed. 607A Haight is about ten blocks down the road, in the Lower Haight.

OMG, Our New “Lucky Strike” Upscale Bowling Lounge in SoMA is Going to be Incredible! Opens March 9 – Sneak Peek Photos

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

The thing about Lucky Strike at 200 King near 4th Street is that’s it’s not like any bowling alley you’ve ever seen. Call it a “gastropub-ish funhouse” or an “upscale bowling lounge” instead.

Get the deets here and now let’s take a look.

Exterior at 200 King:

Click to expand

L.S. on the left, AT&T Park on the right, kitty-corner:

And the CalTrain station is to the right as you look outward:

Here’s the main bar and restaurant seating area. The idea of the communal tables on the left is to have them at Goldilocks height, not too low and not too high, to allow mixing and conversation betwixt those sitting and those standing.

OMG, this place is bigger than I thought it would be.

Moving on to the Einstein Room, with billiards and other diversions to entertain your brain:

But lets go further in, let’s go bowling:

Shoes shoes shoes!

On the way to the lanes:

I don’t know what this is:

Here we go, here are some of the lanes:

The main bowling area will have art all around, made by innumerable local artists. Here are some Obey Giants from Shepard Fairey, who used to be local.

Moving on past the Lebowski Wall(!) to…

…the Green Room, your own private party space with your own private lanes! OMG.

Can you imagine what kind of large, rich, youthful companies have already made reservations to rent out the Green Room and portions of the main bar area? Oh yes you can, give a guess and you’ll be correct. Anyway, here are the special Green Room lanes, one of which is named in honor of Brian Wilson, a part-owner.

In short, Lucky Strike is going to be awesome.

See you Friday!

OMG, San Francisco Giants Relief Pitcher Brian Wilson Joins Lucky Strikes Lanes as a Partner/Owner! The Dude Abides…

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Brian Wilson loves him some bowling, as this photo shows. Deets of the biggest thing to hit SoMA this decade below.

Brian Wilson arrives at Matt Leinart Foundation’s celebrity bowl at the Lucky Strike Bowling Alley on July 13, 2009 in Hollywood, California. Matt Leinart Foundation Celebrity Bowl, Lucky Strike Bowling Alley Hollywood, CA United States, July 13, 2009 Photo by Alexandra Wyman/WireImage.com

Here’s the news:

“Lucky Strike San Francisco Announces Brian Wilson as New Partner”

“SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 29, 2012  – Lucky Strike, the gastro pub-ish Fun House about to open on King Street across from AT&T Park is proud to announce that Brian Wilson, gifted closer for the Giants, has joined Lucky Strike San Francisco as a partner/owner. Steven Foster, founder and CEO couldn’t be more thrilled. “Of all the well known folks from the professional sports and entertainment world that have helped popularize Lucky Strike, there isn’t anyone that I would rather have as a partner than Brian.  He is a singular force – a unique combination of excellence – as an athlete, as a person and as an appreciator and lover of life.  As all his fans know he is fearless, in the moment, inventive and community oriented.  It’s how Lucky Strike aspires to roll on every level. “

Reaching the closer at spring training as he readies for the season, Brian echoed these sentiments. “I am amped to be on board with Lucky Strike.  The concept – from the ambiance to the food to the energy – is edgy, crafty and unique.  I am pumped to be in the Lucky Strike mix and am honored that lane 12 will be renamed lane 38.  I love that number, and I expect to roll many massive strikes on that lane.  See you there. The Dude abides.”

“The Dude abides.” I don’t know about you but I take comfort in that. It’s good knowin’ he’s out there. The Dude. Takin’ ‘er easy for all us sinners.

Shoosh. I sure hope he makes the finals.

“About Lucky Strike:

Lucky Strike Entertainment is the leading operator, and defining brand, of upscale bowling lounges in the United States and Canada.  Lucky Strike specializes in hosting a variety of upscale parties from team building events to birthday parties. The business has grown over the course of the last eight years since inception, from one location in California to a total of 21 locations across 14 states and two countries.  Steven Foster is the CEO and Co-founder of Lucky Strike Entertainment, and has over 30 years of experience creating entertainment and dining concepts.  Steven, along with his wife Gillian, has been the driving force for the success and growth of the Lucky Strike brand across the nation. For more information, please visit www.bowlluckystrike.com.”

Worst Local Billboard Ad of 2011: Royal Motor Sales’ “We Strike Out Competition Like San Francisco Champs”

Monday, August 29th, 2011

Is this a way to sort of ride along on the Giants winning the World Series last year?

“We Strike Out Competition Like San Francisco Champs”

(It helps to say the phrase as if you were Yakov “Smirnoff” or Boris Badenov. Otherwise, it’s hard for me to say it.)

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Also, Audis are kind of expensive for what you get, right? Please do something about that, RoyalMotorSales.

I mean, isn’t $133K kind of expensive for an A8 sedan, you know, in light of what the car is like?