It’s the end of an era for a bowling alley in Torrington that is shutting its doors after almost 50 years in business.
Monday was a bittersweet day at Sky Top Lanes, which many say is a fixture in the Torrington community.
In the past 50 years, people have met at the business, got engaged there, had weddings there, even went into labor there and had their children’s birthday parties, not to mention bowling leagues have been together for decades.
“Very bittersweet, we've been in business for 49 years and we've made decisions for 49 years and this is the toughest decision we've ever had to make,” said owner Bill DeDominicis. “We’re ready to retire. We finally realize we can't continue working 60 to 70 hours a week.”
As the family prepared the bowling alley for a final tournament, well-wishers stopped by to thank them for the memories.
"I just wanted to thank the owners for many years of fun. I mean, I have been bowling here since I was 18 years old, we had a lot of good times, most of the friends I have on Facebook are from sky top lanes,” said Larry Fisher, who is a bowler at the alley.
Ever since they announced their impending closure on Facebook last month, the outpouring has been extraordinary.
Even though the bowling alley was closed on Monday, the owners let the Joas family get in a last game.
"This is where I came as a little girl too, birthday parties and things like that so this is our favorite place to bowl,” said Wilma Joas.
The owners are disappointed that the new buyers will not keep it as a bowling alley, but it is unclear what they will do with the space.
In the meantime, a final tournament started at 6:45 p.m. on Monday.
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