Plan calls for pins to again be crashing at former Meloday Lanes in Penn Hills

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Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015, 9:00 p.m.

Investors are planning to bring a former bowling alley out of the 1970s and put it back to use for the Penn Hills community today.

Doug Lincoln and his business partner, Sophie Jano, recently purchased the former Melody Lanes building at 615 Long Road with plans to renovate and update the space. They hope to open by August under the new name Sophie's Lanes.

“I want Sophie's Lanes to be an awesome, modern place,” Lincoln, 25, of Somerset, said. He said crews are working to dismantle old equipment and outdated fixtures.

Jano and Lincoln bought the plaza, which also houses a bar and barbershop, for $95,000 in October, according to Allegheny County property records.

Lincoln said they decided to come to Penn Hills because the building space was “perfect” for their design.

He said the bowling center will house 10 lanes, pool tables and a snack bar, as well as other upgraded equipment. Lincoln said they hope to have cosmic bowling, leagues and birthday parties when the bowling facility opens. They plan to renovate other businesses in the plaza in the spring.

Lincoln said he's worked in bowling alleys since he was 14, and opening his own was a longtime dream.

“I've always wanted to do this since I was a kid,” he said.

Kelsey Shea is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-320-7845 or

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