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, 2018-05-04 12:15:00

Al said “good-bye.” Ryan is saying “hello.”

PLYMOUTH – Al said “good-bye.” 

Ryan is saying “hello.”

The Department of Inspectional Services notified the Planning Department Thursday morning that Ryan Family Amusements has been issued a zoning permit to locate at 136 Water St., the former home of Al’s Restaurant.

Al’s closed its doors in March after a 45-year run of pizzas, subs and salads. According to its zoning permit, the pizza-shaped building at 136 Water St. will be retrofitted on the inside to accommodate Ryan Family Amusements’ plans. Ryan’s Family Amusements is a bowling, arcade and game company, with locations in Falmouth, Buzzards Bay, Hyannis, Millis, Raynham and South Yarmouth. The company also operates arcade and game-only rooms in Newport, Rhode Island, and at Oak Bluffs on Martha’s Vineyard. A Ryan’s Family Amusements representative said it’s too soon for the company to discuss its plans in detail as more approvals are needed.

According to its website, Ryan’s Family Amusements offers candlepin, 10 pin and duckpin bowling as well as arcades and the latest games, including video and skill games. The site noted that James A. Ryan opened his first bowling alley in Needham 60 years ago, back in 1958, and later opened bowling centers in 16 locations across the South Shore, including Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard.

The owner of 136 Water St. is listed as Patricia A. Stevens Trust, which includes .301 acres at the corner of Water and South Park Avenue. Albert Stevens built the pizza-slice-shaped building in the 1970s and, for decades, his pizzas, subs, sandwiches and salads became go-tos for customers from Plymouth and far-flung areas of the globe, like China and Japan, where Plymouth ranks among their tourist destinations.

The introduction of a bowling alley and/or arcades at the site ought to draw customers of all ages, as bowling leagues and kids will likely flock to the new attraction.

The zoning permit has been issued, but it specifies that any exterior work will require historic district commission approval – a somewhat humorous note, since pizza-slice-shaped buildings aren’t exactly historic in downtown Plymouth.

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