The mood at The All Star, a brand-new bowling alley located on Route 58 in Riverhead, was festive on Thursday, as elected officials and guests gathered for a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Although the bowling alley has had a "soft" opening for the past few weeks, the official opening day is slated for Saturday.
Developer Jeffrey Rimland said his family has had deep roots in Riverhead since 1956. He said the new All Star is "unlike anything in the United States," a premier entertainment center that also features sumptous fare prepared by Keith Luce, of the Jedediah Hawkins Inn; Luce once even served President Clinton, he said.
Rimland thanked town officials, partner Chris Smith, for his expertise and architectural vision, and premier entertainment planner Pat James.
The plan, Rimland said, is to hire locals; Rimland also thanked the All Star staff.
"This is a great day for Riveread," said Suffolk County Legislator Ed Romaine.
Riverhead Town Supervisor Sean Walter said he was thrilled when he learned Rimland was interested in opening the bowling alley. "This building was an eyesore," he said. Walter added that residents echoed the desire for two things -- a movie theater, and a bowling alley.
"People will be stunned," Walter said, when the see the new bowling alley. He added that he compares the business to the Riverhead Project, and said the new bowling alley reflects a "synergy" with what's happening in downtown Riverhead.
Walter also hinted that a new miniature golf course could be in Rimland's plans.
Councilman Jim Wooten also commended the new bowling alley's "industrial chic" decor.
"We're bowled over," Walter joked.