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Opening of new bowling alley in Norwich delayed

PUBLISHED: 14:56 21 March 2018 | UPDATED: 08:31 22 March 2018

The former Merge restaurant building is being turned into a bowling alley. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The former Merge restaurant building is being turned into a bowling alley. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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The opening of a new “boutique” bowling alley in a former Norwich cinema has been delayed.

Bowling House on Dereham Road was due to open on Saturday but due to recent bad weather it will now not open its doors until March 27.

The bowling alley will offer food, beer, wine and cocktails on its five lanes when it opens in the old Regal Cinema.

Managing director Jack Thompson said last week: “We’re so excited to be bringing something new and unique to Norwich. The building has been totally transformed and will be unrecognisable when it’s finished.”

Originally the Regal Cinema, the building housed a bingo hall and casino before becoming derelict.

It was then taken over by the Wetherspoons pub chain, which opened it as the City Gates pub in 1999.

The building has remained empty since an all-you-can eat Asian buffet, Merge, closed its doors in November 2016.

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