The first thing you’ll want to try out when you get to Greenwood Village’s new Pindustry is counterintuitive.
It’s not the shiny pinball and Skee-Ball machines, bowling alleys, duckpin lanes, darts or even the main bar and restaurant (all situated on the ground floor of this repurposed auto shop).
Instead, you’ll want to head straight upstairs to the “sky deck,” a 16,000-square-foot rooftop playground, with its own bar, table tennis, giant chess set and Jenga, plus a cornhole “arena” sized for leagues and tournaments.
From this vantage point, either playing games or sitting at the tables spread around the partially shaded deck, you can look out over uninterrupted views of the mountains and also get an idea of the grandeur of the new Arapahoe Entertainment District, of which Pindustry is just the start.
“I think you’re going to see the whole area transform both in design and use over (the next decade),” said Bob Koontz, principal partner of Kelmore Development, which is redeveloping this shopping plaza on Arapahoe Road, just west of Interstate 25, a half-mile from Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre.
As Koontz and the city of Greenwood Village envision it, the entertainment district will grow to include more dining, drinking and playing options that are all walkable from here. After Pindustry, Grange Hall is expected to open just down the road in August, with nine food stalls owned by Denver restaurateur Troy Guard.
If you go
Pindustry is now open at 7939 E. Arapahoe Road, Greenwood Village, from 4 to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 4 p.m. to midnight Friday, 11 a.m. to midnight Saturday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday. More information is at 720-712-PINS(7467) and thepindustry.com.
Shake Shack has a new location planned at the site of a former Macaroni Grill on the same block. And otherwise, just on this strip, Koontz and his partners are in the process of signing leases with local, full- and quick-service restaurant tenants in order to attract “a younger demographic that live and work in the Southeast corridor,” he said.
“This area could really be the walkable destination of the (south) suburbs,” Koontz added.
And it all starts with Pindustry, which takes a cue from the beleaguered Punch Bowl Social and similar concepts in other cities before it (see, for example, Lucky Strike). In addition to the rooftop and main-level attractions, there’s an 8,500-square-foot patio downstairs with room for food trucks.
But inside, hungry bowlers and arcade-goers can turn to Pindustry’s own kitchen for a menu that’s starting out featuring pizzas, salads and appetizers, and will grow over the coming weeks to include charcuterie, toasts, sandwiches and dessert.
The bar serves 12 house craft cocktails, 18 wines by the glass and some 50 bottles of whiskey and bourbon — not your average bowling alley fare — which leads to the business’ decision to switch to 21-and-over only after 8 p.m.
Otherwise, Pindustry is as family-friendly as they come, with a little something for the chaperones and a little nod to the East Coast. After you check out the rooftop, your next stop (for those in the know and novices alike) should be the duckpin bowling lanes, which take up less real estate than their neighboring 10-pin counterpart.
At these shorter lanes, the pins are squatter, the balls fit in your palm and you don’t have to bring or rent bowling shoes to play. You’ll get three chances, not two, to roll your turn. And for an idea of the difficulty: If you were to play a perfect game, you’d be the first person in history to do so, according to duckpin lore.
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