Gutters rolls in the fun

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After several months of waiting, Taoseños can finally bowl the night away with the opening of Gutters Bowling Alley and Brick Oven Pizza restaurant.

The new bowling alley at 520 Plaza Cañon Drive held a soft opening Tuesday (Dec. 26) to let the public know they are open for business and ready to roll as the first bowling alley in Taos for several years. With beer and wine on the menu and several goodies and snacks at the restaurant, Gutters is gearing up to be fun for the whole family as the 12-lane alley fully opens for the public.

"It makes people smile," said owner Shelly Ratigan. "I'm seriously grateful."

Located just off Paseo Del Cañon, the new alley has all new equipment from the balls and the shoes to the squeaky clean floor. Large display monitors help bowlers keep score with an easy-to-use computer system for each lane. Couches surround small tables behind the bowling floor for guests to sit between rounds.

In what Ratigan is calling a "beyond needed" venture for Taos, Gutters will offer events beyond traditional bowling, such as black light "cosmic bowling" for their customers on Fridays and Saturday nights. Leagues will eventually be set up, and those interested are encouraged to take a survey to help the owners see what is needed. In addition, Ratigan said the bowling venue will also host an arcade and laser-tag within the next few years.

"We were looking for something to do today, and it's one of the only things that popped up on our radar," said Kevin Delehanty, while bowling at Gutters with his family. "This is the coolest, modern bowling alley I have ever seen."

Guests praised the service on the soft opening, saying the service and food was great and they planned to be back.

Ratigan and her business partners Johnny Long, Dena Minato and Dave Kullowatz wanted to see a bowling alley in Taos. Ratigan said she was driven to get beer and wine sales at the location. In order to do so, the bowling alley offers a variety of food from the kitchen.

"There wasn't anything like this in Taos before," said Steven Hess. "Our parents have lived here for about 10 years, and every year we come there's nothing to do other than day-drink or ski. So it's nice to have something else."

Gutters' soft opening packed the house. All 12 lanes were full as more people entered the doors looking to knock some pins.

"Word got out quick," Ratigan said, laughing at the busy atmosphere in the building.

Gutters will hold regular hours from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. on Sunday. A grand opening will be held all-day Saturday (Jan. 6) to officially welcome the alley to Taos.

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