Turner Bowling Club to leave downtown

SAN ANTONIO - For more than 70 years, the Turner Bowling Club has been a fixture in downtown San Antonio.

Now it is being forced to move after the new Museum Reach of the Riverwalk raised property values and taxes to the tune of $60,000 per year. That's up from $13,000.

"I'm looking forward to a new chapter but we're very regretful that we have to leave the old chapter," said Sally Lisso, the club's accountant.

Members of the club are loyal, and there is no doubt they will be making the move with the club to Kirby.

"My family's bowled here, my dad bowled here, my mom, my sister, my brother," said Joe Lambrecht.

He said it's a family tradition that, along with the camaraderie that has kept this club alive all these years, will make the move.

9-pin bowling is a tradition itself, Lisso said.

"We started out as a German-based club," said Lisso. "And a lot of people really enjoy the 9-pin. So it's just a tradition that we don't want to give up."

The new club will have eight lanes of 9-pin bowling, but it will double the number of 10-pin lanes. And yes, pin setters will still man the back of the lanes.

"New things on the horizon are always exciting," said Lisso.

In their new location, Lisso says the table tops and bar counter will be made out of the old wood lanes that saw so many days of good, old-fashioned family fun.


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