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The Branch bowling alley in Leesburg starts soft opening tonight

The long wait is over. The Branch — a reimagined bowling alley, restaurant and bar — starts its soft opening this evening, Monday July 26, in Leesburg. And The Burn has a sneak peek inside (photos below).

The soft opening today and Tuesday will give the Branch team a chance to get their feet wet and make sure everything is operating smoothly.

With a motto “Eat, Play, Roll,” its official opening is scheduled for this Wednesday if everything goes well

Longtime Leesburg residents know the spot as the former home of the Village Lanes Bowling Center. It’s located at 49 Catoctin Circle SE. The place has been given a complete remodel.

There are 16 lanes with a new, high-tech scoring system. There is a restaurant and bar, as well as a game room with video games, air hockey, basketball, a claw machine and even a retro Pac-Man arcade game.

The restaurant at The Branch isn’t some dinky concession stand. It’s a full-on restaurant with appetizers, salads, sandwiches and entrees, including a New York Strip steak, a Crusted Parmesan Chicken breast and a classic Fish & Chips. The bar has a full menu of craft beers, wine and cocktails. You can check out the complete menu here.

The new Branch is owned and operated by the artisans that own Local Wood, a company that does all types of work with wood, including hardwood floors, live edge slabs and countertops and more.

They also work with antique lumber and reclaimed wood, so they have an appreciation for the past. And it shows at The Branch.

Wood features heavily in the design and decor of the new space. One of the high-top tables in the restaurant actually features wood saved from the old Lane 1 bowling alley at Village Lanes. The lane markings are still visible on it.

Meanwhile, in another nice touch, they have preserved the old Village Lanes sign and it hangs above the bar.

The name The Branch has multiple meanings — it’s a symbol how Local Wood and its sister company, Carpenter Beach Construction, are “branching” out to operate a bowling alley. The imagery of a branch also plays into the wood theme. And finally, the bowling alley sits directly next to the Town Branch, a stream that runs through the heart of Leesburg.

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  1. Nancy Knauer 1 year ago
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    The residents of Lansdowne Woods have been bowling for several years at Bowl America in Sterling. We are looking for a bowling alley closer to us. You sound like the answer! Can you tell me how much a game is if we have our own balls and shoes. And also how accessible the lanes are in the morning. Our group prefers morning outings. Thanks!

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