Mission Bowling Club opening Monday

Dust off those Big Lebowski quotes and those shoes you snagged from Albany Bowl, Mission Bowling Club is opening next Monday, March 17. For the first week, hours will be 6-11pm. It’s located at 3176 17th Street between Shotwell and South Van Ness.

Here’s a draft of the Anthony Myint-curated menu. Glad to see it contains such bowling alley classics as Blackened Catfish and Bucatini:

And here’s a making-of video to tide you over for the next few days:

[via Mission Loc@l]

77 Responses to “Mission Bowling Club opening Monday”

  1. Jam says:

    I’m sorry, but $15 for a burger, at a bowling alley? fuck that.

  2. Gale's Crapa Pelada says:

    Yeah, place is gonna be fucking rad but prices are total garbage.

  3. thuglifecrunk187 says:

    yeah what the fuck dude, double price of the previous mission burger and i hear ya there’s overhead and shit, but come on dude.


  4. Vic Wong says:

    I hear that burger cures virility and does your taxes!

  5. Herr Doktor Professor Deth Vegetable says:

    $15 hamburger?

    Fuck. That.

  6. TJ says:

    Does it even come with fries? $10 for happy hour sounds about right. I’ll definitely go check the place out no matter what. And since I never had a chance to try the original MB I’m glad to be able to get one here.

    Any idea what drink and lane prices will look like?

  7. Missionbunny says:

    The dude could never abide to a $15 dollar burger.

  8. Caroline says:

    OOOH! Look at all the clearly labeled vegan options! What has two thumbs and is excited? This girl.

    • Bob Dole says:

      If you want a vegan burger or burrito, go to a vegan restaurant. Leave the el cheapo hot dogs, burgers and $2 pepperoni NON ORGANIC pizza slices to the bowling alleys, thank you.

  9. truth says:

    That’s right people, embrace the dark side.

  10. David Interesting says:

    That’s $2 more than the fucking burger at NOPA. What the fuck, San Francisco.

    • nrdxyz says:

      NOPA burger comes with fries, fancy aioli, bun is housemade, and beef is grass fed (unlike other hamburgers mentioned in this thread).

  11. yomama says:

    the meat for the burgers comes from cows that are grassfed and massaged . . . w/release

  12. D. Jon Moutarde says:

    Gonna have to save my bowling urges for when I vacation in red states.

  13. Alissa says:

    I enjoyed tilting my head to the side to read this menu. Would gladly tilt my head to the side to read this menu again. I’m very excited about this place.

  14. scum says:

    And they want $6 for a fucking corn dog. I will only go there for drinks.

  15. mike says:

    Fuck them for that menu. $15 burger? Fucking dooshbags! Take that shit to the Marina

  16. truth says:

    But for real, people, this should make it pretty plain that most of the people who make the Mission what it is are not the target audience for this place. They want the B&T peeps and whoever’s paying a shit-ton to live in all of the new condos going up. All the tech kids making six figures, etc., etc.

    This is the New Mission. Go live in Oakland or the Sunset if you don’t got the $$$

  17. stencil says:

    well, it is tougher to make money off of people who don’t have disposable income in the first place. and what better way to subsidize an afterhours bowling alley for yourself and your friends than to have those folks pay for it?

  18. Jamin Time says:

    I hope all others agree with you all on the prices. Then maybe it won’t be mayhem. I would prefer a lot of places raise their prices to reduce demand. Unfortunately, I suspect this place will be packed and impossible to get a lane at even at these prices.

  19. Anthony says:

    Regarding the $15 burger, well, you know, that’s just like, uh, you’re opinion man…

    It’s kind of a glass half-full/half-empty thing right? Of course it makes me sad to be the perpetrator of a $15 burger.

    But keep in mind, at Duc Loi it was $8, then $9 towards the end. It was available from 12-3pm standing or sitting on a milk crate in a super market. That’s about as low overhead as you can get and it turned out that it was not a viable business model–I think for one two week stretch, I put in 50 hours and made $100.

    Mission Bowling Club is an attempt at a viable business model for the owners and investors. If my food program isn’t profitable enough for them, someone else will be taking over the reins. And on the bright side, the Mission Burger IS available for $10 from 3-6pm in a restaurant with a full bar. So thrifty foodies can take heart.

    Besides, the whole menu is cheap for fine dining and expensive for junk food, so if you’re one to judge based on labels, it’s a free country. You can rent movies, or go the movie theater. Some of these new fangled beers are kind of pricey too.

    • Anthony you are right. Doing a burger the way you do it is expensive, and amazingly delicious. I’m glad to be able to eat one again. People probably shouldn’t be gobbling them down like White Castle Sliders anyway.

    • mark says:

      what i more don’t understand is how NOPA can offer a grass-fed burger (i’m assuming you’re still using harris ranch, and marin sun farms costs far more than harris ranch) that COMES with fries, and deal with MUCH higher overhead than MBC, and yet still offer it for $13.

  20. Who ever said this place was going to be like some kind of 1960s $10 bowling alley in Manteca with lots of free lanes every night and $1 PBRs?

    No one.

    Most of your ye old bowling alleys of yore have gone bankrupt by catering to self-entitled little whiners like you.

    Save your money and go bowling once a month, it’s not that incomprehensible people.

    • scum says:

      It’s next to Gas & Ho, surrounded by crackheads and hookers. Not many people in this/my neighborhood can afford this so it is meant to attract the kind of element that comes to The Mission to slum it.

    • Herr Doktor Professor Deth Vegetable says:

      Blah blah blah.

    • D. Jon Moutarde says:

      True enough. Ye whiners want cheap bowling WITH ye cheap burgers, ye can move to ye Republican states. That’s where ye action is.

      Otherwise, ye cheap burgers are at McDonald’s, where ye cheap burgers always is.

      • Herr Doktor Professor Deth Vegetable says:

        McDonald’s may be cheap, but their food is god-awful.

        Whereas there are, as I have pointed out, loads and loads of places in SF where you can get a very good burger for $10 or less.

        • D. Jon Moutarde says:

          Even if the burger was LESS than $10, I think you would have to be crazy to go there very often for it UNLESS YOU WANTED TO BOWL, too.

          So go to those OTHER PLACES and bowl your heart out while eating their more reasonable burgers. Better bring your own ball and shoes.

          • Herr Doktor Professor Deth Vegetable says:

            Yup. I absolutely agree.

            Except why bring your own ball and bowling shoes? I’ve never heard of a bowling alley that didn’t have both available.

          • D. Jon Moutarde says:

            The “literally hundreds of places in San Francisco that serve GOOD hamburgers, for less than an extortionate $15″ don’t have bowling lanes.

    • no.thanks. says:

      “Most of your ye old bowling alleys of yore have gone bankrupt by catering to self-entitled little whiners like you.”

      who the fuck is you?

  21. oinc says:

    I’ve had said burger and would gladly pay $20 for it next time. And I haven’t paid my March rent yet. It’s that good.

  22. thefrederale says:

    You people are asking Anthony and the new bowling alley folks to slowly go broke so you can save a few bucks on a burger?

    Do you think Anthony is rich?

    Do you think he will get rich by selling these burgers?

    You don’t want a bowling alley to last here beyond the 2 years you’ll hang out here?

    You don’t want to help support a very local guy who has scrapped his way into the food scene?


    • Herr Doktor Professor Deth Vegetable says:

      Sooo… asking someone to charge enough to still make a good profit but without gouging their customers is asking them to “slowly go broke” in your mind?

      You have an interesting interpretation of basic business models, friend.

      • thefrederale says:

        I figure that it takes about $12 bucks to make that particular burger and deliver it in this place. 3 bucks is too much profit for you? I guess we should make it 10 bucks and just take the 3 bucks from the chefs in the back. They’re Mexican and won’t complain right?

        • Herr Doktor Professor Deth Vegetable says:

          Oh, are we pulling figures out of our ass, now? Ok, I like this game!

          I estimate that it takes about 12 cents to make that particular burger and deliver it in this place. However, the bun takes about $314 to make, so really they’re LOSING money on each one they sell.

          • thefrederale says:

            From my ass comes prices from Anthony’s post above.
            It might be nice if people read it.

            He couldn’t make it work for 9 bucks at Duc Loi. Now they have to actually pay cooks, servers plus presumably big rent. It’s not a stretch to come up with 13.

          • Herr Doktor Professor Deth Vegetable says:

            Then he’s doing something wrong. As I have pointed out, there are bazillions of places charging reasonable prices for good-quality burgers in this burgh. They are clearly profitable. Therefore, if he is forced to charge the aforementioned unreasonable prices in order to make a profit, there is a problem somewhere in his process.

          • D. Jon Moutarde says:

            So maybe he’s doing something pretty special with his burger? According to the Mission Burger description from Duc Loi, he probably is. That’s wrong, in your book? All burgers should conform to your happy medium of burger production? Seems to me, you just got through dumping on McDonald’s burgers for being “god-awful”, and someone else might feel that way about the burgers YOU like.

  23. GG says:

    $10 for a burger is reasonable, IMHO, and I’d rather pay that then see it go by the wayside for not being sufficiently profitable (and Mission Burger’s is one of my favorite veg burgers in SF) — but why isn’t it $7 at Happy Hour, when the meat burger is 1/3 off?

    As to the more general discussion of prices, you’ll get more mileage by voting with your wallet and not buying the food if you think it’s too expensive. It’s not like there aren’t 40 other places to eat within a block or two.

    • Herr Doktor Professor Deth Vegetable says:

      Yup. $10 for a burger is absolutely reasonable, I concur.

      And, yes, I also endorse people voting with their wallet, that is an eminently reasonable suggestion. *shrug*