The Painted Duck to open summer 2016 on the Westside

26,000 square feet for duckpin bowling, two private karaoke rooms, and something called Belgian feather bowling

ThePaintedDuckFinalLogoSealAfter opening the Painted Pin in Miami Circle this time last year, Justin Amick and William Stallworth are planning their next concept, The Painted Duck, for Westside’s Stockyards Atlanta development across the street from Miller Union for summer 2016.

“We had to fight to get [the Painted Pin] off the ground. Our patience and belief in this idea paid off. We hit the ground running since opening day and we haven’t looked back,” Amick wrote in an email.

The entertainment venue will feature 18 lanes of duckpin bowling (think smaller pins and balls), as well as indoor deck shuffleboard and horseshoe pits, two private karaoke rooms, and something called Belgian feather bowling that looks a lot like bocce ball for cheesemongers. The game involves rolling wooden pucks shaped like cheese wheels towards a feather and is supposedly played only in, of all places, Detroit.

As with the Painted Pin, food and booze will be an emphasis in the 26,000 square foot project. Trip Sandifer (Restaurant Eugene, the Spence, the Painted Pin) will be shaking the craft cocktails, Amick (an advanced sommelier) will be stocking the wines, and Thomas Collins will be in the kitchen working the grill for shareable small plates and wood fired meats (they’re calling the cuisine “backyard barfare”).

This expansion doesn’t come as a surprise to anyone who’s spent more than five minutes at the Painted Pin, which has been packed (often to capacity) since opening. I was in earlier this year for a birthday party, where I watched after-work crowds and company outings flood the lanes and the bar until closing time (midnight). It was a Monday.

“We created The Painted Pin concept with plans to grow the brand throughout the Southeast from the beginning…[and are] actively seeking locations in Dallas and Nashville. We don’t have plans to replicate either in Atlanta, but that doesn’t rule out us creating more unique entertainment-driven brands,” Amick wrote.

The Painted Duck will be just one of several tenants in this 130,000 square foot office and retail development, which Westbridge Partners (the same folks behind White Provisions) announced last week. Developers hope to break ground in the fourth quarter of this year.

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