New in town: The Comet Pub & Lanes

The team behind Twain’s converted Suburban Lanes into family-friendly but still cool bowling alley and eatery
Comet Pub & Lanes
Photograph by Caroline C. Kilgore

The folks who brought us Twain’s Brewpub & Billiards struggled to name their newest business, a 30,000-square-foot bowling alley in Decatur that for 60 years was known as Suburban Lanes. They settled on the Comet Pub & Lanes, a nod to space-age nostalgia and again to Mark Twain, who was born and died during Halley’s Comet years. Ben Horgan and Uri, Ethan, and Talia Wurtzel renovated the space into the family-friendly but still cool—and a little bit kitschy—Comet this summer. It boasts 32 lanes, a shuffleboard area, a sprawling bar, and a menu from Savannah Sasser that gives a gastropub feel to straight-from-the-fryer food. Although the Comet Hot Pins’ panko crust and pimento cheese don’t improve on the original jalapeño popper, the Comet Burger’s White Oak Pastures beef, cheddar cheese, fried egg, and beer dijonnaise are a slippery, delicious mess. And you can order local beers and spirits, along with the requisite White Russian, lane-side. 2619 North Decatur Road, Decatur