By Jennie Acklin
Tim and Bonnie Garey are looking to expand their popular pizza and bowling operation, currently in Springville, into the Sprague Development/Larimer Norton building on Elizabeth Street in Ellicottville. As soon as the public hearing takes place next Tuesday, May 8, they are ready to move forward with their plans of putting a Tim & Bonnie’s Pizza and an eight-lane bowling alley into the soon-to-be-developed site with intentions of opening by the beginning of October 2012.
Tim learned how to make pizza at the early age of 16. His family started Blasdell Pizza and his older brothers passed on the family recipes and know-how. Tim has always had an interest in wing competitions – the hotter and the more flavorful were his challenge. He met his wife Bonnie while working as a teenager in his family’s business, and the rest is history. They were married a few years later and have been working side by side ever since. Their daughter Tiffany plans to work in both locations wherever she is needed.
Tim brought his knowledge of the family business to Springville five years ago, opening another Blasdell Pizza. After opening the restaurant, he started looking at the bowling alley next door, which had been closed down for some time. It took over a year to remodel the bowling alley, but it has proved to be a successful combination. Tim has recently changed the name of his Springville restaurant to Tim and Bonnie’s Pizza, which will also be the name of his operation here in Ellicottville.
Plans for the new Ellicottville bowling alley include state-of-the-art TVs and video technology, brand new bowling lanes, and will encompass approximately 18,000 square feet. Gold Crown will be installing the brand new bowling lanes once the go-ahead is given.
“It will be brand new and fantastic,” said Tim. “It will be a place for families to relax, unwind and have fun. We hope to start leagues, and will host events for birthday and private parties. Moonlight bowling is also very popular.”
“There will be lots of room to have a casual dinner without being overcrowded,” he said.
The pizza restaurant will be decorated in a rustic-style and will occupy 4,000 square feet of casual dining space. Plans are to serve beer and wine, and offer pizza delivery throughout the Ellicottville area. Tim anticipates employing up to 50 local people and enjoys training the young staff.