Valley Tavern & Grille By BENJAMIN BULLARD A world away from bowling You don’t have to be a bowling fan to leave satisfied at the Valley Tavern and Grille. Located adjacent to the bowling center, yet a world away with its own rustic barn-themed vibe and cozy atmosphere, the restaurant is happy to serve up a burger and drink to take out into the lanes — but if you decide to stay put, you may forget there’s even a bowling alley just on the other side of the door. Stocked with a full bar and daily meat-and-three lunch specials (which rotate favorites like country fried steak, pot roast, and meatloaf each week- day), the grille stays open every hour the bowling center’s open. Bartenders behind the reclaimed bowling lane wood bar can whip up a cosmic martini or a mean margarita — a great complement to your plate on Taco Tuesdays (which is also karaoke night). Or you always can stick to beer, which pairs great with a made-to-order burger and pepper jack cheese sticks. Weekend nights at the grille nearly always feature live music, a perk that’ll only get better once the new outdoor patio hosts its first diners as the weather warms up. And if you do fill up too fast with a shrimp po’boy or Monte Cristo sandwich, no worries — you can always pop on a pair of bowling shoes and head out to the lanes to strike away the guilt. Visit Valley Tavern and Grille on Facebook (just search the restaurant’s name) to check out tons of food and drink pictures, stay up to date on musical acts, and browse the restaurant’s ev- er-changing menu of specials. 32 Cullman magazine | SUMMER 2019 to knock down a drink or two, while sampling the tasty selection at the new Valley Tavern and Grille – a sepa- rate-but-connected new restaurant with an inside door that opens directly on the newly-renovated bowling alley. The restaurant, which is open during all the same hours as the bowl- ing lanes, was added in the past year as part of an extensive, top-to-bottom renovation that saw the bowling alley lose its tired old drop ceiling, gain sleek new flooring, update the heating, air, and lighting, and expand the arcade area for the kids (and – let’s face it – the adults). Intimate and rustic with a laid-back, barn-themed atmosphere, Valley Grille sports a full bar, a meat-and-three daily lunch menu, and fresh regional favor- ites from shrimp and grits to fish tacos to Philly cheesesteaks. And by the time summer heats up, the restaurant’s full outdoor patio will make a great spill- over spot for each weekend’s lineup of live music. Broadening the center’s appeal, while preserving the family-friendly feel that’s been at the heart of the local bowling since the center first opened in the 1970s, was a big part of the goal Bartender Stephanie Brown breaks from the action on a busy Saturday to strike a pose behind the reclaimed bowling-lane bar at Valley Tavern and Grille.