Ready to socialize again?
Chandler’s entertainment scene is growing as a new billiards and bowling joint with a “be social” motto plans to open soon near Chandler Fashion Center.
810 Billiards & Bowling, a South Carolina-based entertainment concept, is opening its first two Arizona locations in Phoenix and Chandler within the next few weeks.
Husband and wife Ronak and Poonam Manek are the franchise owners of the Chandler location at 3455 W. Frye Road.
“We feel as though people are ready to get out and start having a social life again,” Poonam said. “Meeting with friends and getting out with the family or doing whatever is up their alley, pun intended.”
Mike Siniscalchi founded 810 Billiards & Bowling in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, in 2015. Now, Siniscalchi is expanding the franchise beyond its three existing locations in South Carolina to the Arizona market.
“We’re excited to be a part of post-COVID as Phoenix returns to life,” Siniscalchi said.
810 Billiards & Bowling is family-friendly entertainment “with an upscale twist,” Poonam said.
The Chandler location has 12 bowling lanes – eight regular and four reserved for private parties – as well as an arcade, shuffleboard, table games, cornhole, darts and five billiards tables.
The entertainment center stands out because it offers a full-service restaurant and bar with the option to bowl, Poonam said. It is not a bowling alley with the option to eat.
810’s restaurant specializes in American comfort food, Poonam said. All pizza is made from scratch, and the menu has options like burgers, fries, salads, wings and specialty cocktails.
“We want to give you that elevated feeling without elevating prices,” Poonam said.
Because their motto is “be social,” 810 Billiards & Bowling will emphasize social aspects and service.
“Every single person who walks out of here needs to walk out with a smile on their face,” Poonam said.
Originally, the Maneks had no interest in 810 Billiards & Bowling.
Before moving to Arizona, Ronak and Poonam lived in Chicago, where Poonam was a nurse and Ronak was a pharmacist. They previously owned pharmacies in Chicago and ran them for years until an opportunity came to sell them. Since they had always wanted to move to Arizona, they took the opportunity.
After selling their businesses, Ronak and Poonam took time to catch up on life and spent time with their two children.
“After about a year, we kind of got a little stir crazy and knew we needed to do something,” Poonam said.
“We are both entrepreneurial and have that spirit of wanting to get out and try new things. That’s when we started to look at things outside of healthcare and explore different franchises.”
The Maneks were actually going to run a preschool franchise, Poonam said. However, on the day they were going to sign off on it, Ronak spoke with Siniscalchi about 810 Billiards and Bowling and told Poonam to call him.
At first, Poonam was hesitant about 810 as she already envisioned herself in the preschool scenario. But after her conversation with Siniscalchi, the rest was history.
“The way Mike explained everything changed my perspective,” Poonam said. “We are his first franchises, his first venture outside of his corporate locations, so the amount of attention and hand-holding we would get from Mike in the process of working in the entertainment industry was reassuring.”
The Maneks started their process over a year and a half ago and were faced with derailed construction and other setbacks due to COVID-19 restrictions, scheduling and availability. They say that things are taking a turn for the better now.
“There is value in getting social life back up and running, but doing it safely,” Poonam said.
810 Billiards & Bowling will take every safety precaution necessary and follow COVID-19 guidelines, which includes having extensive sanitization and mask requirements.
The opening date and official operating hours for 810 Billiards & Bowling are not yet finalized. It is predicted that they will open in a few weeks and that their doors will open at 2 p.m. on weekdays and at 11 a.m. to midnight on weekends.
To keep an eye on any opening announcement: check out 810bowling.com.