Alley bowled over by booking success

Function fever has hit Exmouth’s new seafront bowling alley with scores already queuing up to book the venue over the next three years.

With the building continuing to steadily take shape and its opening expected in early 2012, word has already begun to spread in Exmouth about the facilities the family-friendly site will offer.

The recent announcement former Exmouth Pavilion caterer Aby Farmanieh will run the entire site has resulted in his family being ‘inundated’ with emails and messages of support and congratulations – and booking enquiries into 2013.

Once fully open, the bowling alley is expected to create around 100 new jobs.

Aby, 47, and his daughter, Leila, 25, have a wealth of experience of catering for the needs of seafront visitors and are both ‘excited’ about their new venture.

Aby, who has traded on Exmouth seafront for 14 years, said: “It’s going to be such an asset to Exmouth. We have had so much support from people.

“We want to do something that’s going to benefit the town – something that is good for the community and beneficial for the seafront.

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“I am very, very excited. The sky’s the limit here. It’s a dream. It’s been our wish for something like this. It’s what Exmouth needs.”

Daughter Leila said: “We are going to put our hearts and soul into this building.”

Since construction started in 2008, the development suffered several setbacks, with work coming to a standstill in 2010. Earlier this year, building work began again and is set to continue until the end of 2011.

Developer Mark Quinn, of Harlequinns Leisure, said the building was on track for completion and would open in phases, starting with the ground floor, during the early part of 2012.

Mr Quinn, 44, said: “We have got to get it right. Quality takes time. We are not going to rush it after all this time.

“I am delighted that the Farmanieh family are taking over the building. It’s a fantastic dream in a phenomenal building in a brilliant position. It’s going to be awesome.”

On the ground floor, there will be a caf� bistro, bar, 12-lane bowling alley and retail space for five shops.

Upstairs, with terrace views of the beach, is a seating area for parents to relax while youngsters head for the playzone.

There is a second bar, top-class restaurant, two function rooms and pipeline plans for a cr�che.

The top floor function room boasts panoramic views of Exmouth’s beach, a Caribbean bar serving coffee, cocktails, breakfast, lunch and evening meals.

There are wedding party changing rooms and a split-level function room for hosting live music.

The building, with full disabled access and lifts, can hold up to 1,200 people and cater for functions of 650 people upwards.

? Editor’s note: we are happy to clear up any confusion over the number of bowling lanes - the building will have 12, not fewer, as some people had thought.

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