"Anything that these guys to do, it’s first class,” Lopez tells ABiz. “I think it’ll be some time in January when we’ll probably get together with the Downtown people and the mayor and do a formal unveiling of the project, but we’re working diligently now on the plans.”
The original Rock ’n’ Bowl opened in New Orleans in 1989. It started as simply a bowling alley, but began offering live zydeco music on Thursday nights, according to a history of the club by owner John Blancher on the venue’s website. The zydeco nights took off immediately, and the concept of live music in a bowling alley was born. Rock ’n’ Bowl has since become a mainstay of the New Orleans music scene, supporting popular local acts as well as touring bands.
Now, at this writing, two popular New Orleans brands will anchor either end of Jefferson Street and Downtown’s nightlife district: the Rock ’n’ Bowl on the south end and Dat Dog, a hot dog purveyor that is renovating the old Times of Acadiana building on the north end of Jefferson at Cypress Street adjacent to the underpass.
“We’ve been trying to bring them here ever since [Hurricane] Katrina,” Lopez says of Rock ’n’ Bowl. “I think it’s going to be quite interesting, I’ll just say that. I think it’s going to help revitalize the Downtown area.”