the palace is back

New entertainment hot spot keeps bowling rolling at iconic Houston locale

New entertainment spot keeps bowling rolling at iconic Houston locale

Palace Social Bellare
Prepare to be bowled over by Palace Social in 2021.  Rendering courtesy of BLKBOX

A beloved Houston institution is rolling out a major transformation: Bellaire favorite attraction, Palace Bowling Lanes (4191 Bellaire Blvd.), is evolving into Palace Social, slated to open spring 2021. The 30,000 square-foot space will include eight bowling lanes, an arcade, multi-sport simulators,  and high-energy attractions.

Visitors can also expect event spaces available for meetings, birthdays, and karaoke, an e-sports lounge, and a full-service bar and dining lounge, according to a press release.

Foodies will recognize a name associated with the project. Acclaimed Houston chef, Ryan Hildebrand (most recently of Triniti and FM Kitchen & Bar) will head the Palace’s food and beverage program. Expect an emphasis on Southern and American fare, with brunch, lunch, and dinner offerings — incorporating seasonal favorites — in a casual setting. For refreshments, a full-service bar including craft cocktails and a variety of beers will be on tap.

“The menu will include modern takes on southern regional classics and all-American fare with a nostalgic nod to the diner-style history of Palace Bowling Lanes,” said Hildebrand in a statement. “It will include offerings of scratch cooking diverse enough for a meal in the dining room, a snack at the bar, shared plates at the bowling alley, or a group event in the karaoke room.”

Palace Social will be constructed by Texana Builders. Interior design is being handled by Houston-based Tramonte Design Studio, in collaboration with Gin Design Group. Branding duties are overseen by acclaimed Arkansas graphic design firm, BLKBOX, according to a release.

“We are excited with the team assembled to bring this project to life, one that will make a positive impact on the community as a gathering space for all ages,” said Billy Forney, Palace Social’s managing partner, in a statement. “We are fortunate to be working with the best minds in the business to create a truly unique and fun experience in a historic location with a high level of nostalgia for Houstonians. Palace Social will draw on elements from the past while firmly establishing itself as a new concept sure to create memories for new generations to come.”