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Evan Longoria is getting into the restaurant business

Feb 28, 2013, 2:49 PM EDT

Evan Longoria AP

Not only did Evan Longoria become a father this week, the Rays third baseman is also opening up a restaurant in Florida:

Ducky’s Sports Lounge will add a new dining and entertainment option in South Tampa, offering innovative bar foods, creative cocktails, state-of-the-art audio/visual capabilities and “mini bowling” in a relaxed, upscale atmosphere.

Located just west of downtown (1719 W. Kennedy Boulevard), the 5,700-square-foot boutique sports lounge will be the only restaurant in South Tampa to feature four lanes of mini bowling – a smaller, simpler form of the sport that does not require special shoes, uses a smaller ball, and incorporates two, 80-inch high-definition projection screens in the middle of each lane for optimal game viewing.

I’ve long searched for a “simpler form” of bowling.

Roger Mooney of the Tampa Bay Tribune calls Longoria “a part-owner/investor.” Hopefully it goes better than Ryan Braun‘s restaurant in Milwaukee.

  1. jwbiii - Feb 28, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    Lee Roy Selmon seems to be doing ok in that area.

  2. crispybasil - Feb 28, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    “Our prices won’t hamstring your choices!”

  3. Old Gator - Feb 28, 2013 at 3:54 PM

    I think Evan is trying to tell the grounds crew that their fat little predator drone got stuck in the catwalks again.

  4. The Dangerous Mabry - Feb 28, 2013 at 3:54 PM

    Is mini bowling basically just duckpin bowling, with a different name?

    • louhudson23 - Mar 1, 2013 at 12:00 PM

      Sounds like Duck Pin,although bowling shoes are normally worn in Duck Pin. (Pro Football Hall of Famer)
      Tuffy Leeman’s Duck Pin in Wheaton Md. was the best,by the way.

  5. jibzek - Feb 28, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    What’s it called… Schlongoria’s? Famous for Sausage?

  6. papacrick - Feb 28, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    Typical athlete. Restaurants are terrible investments with a huge failure rate. With that said, the place sounds awesome and I’d definitely catch a game there if I ever visit Tampa

    • Old Gator - Mar 1, 2013 at 9:40 AM

      I ate at Rusty’s in New York a couple of times. Hellaciously good ribs and the place was always packed.

  7. officialgame - Feb 28, 2013 at 8:57 PM

    That’s original, a baseball player opening a sports bar. Great idea!!!

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