Lawyer Dan Alvarez discovered duckpins when he studied in Prague a decade ago. He never stopped telling fellow attorney Keith Goan about the "mini bowling" game, played on small lanes using small balls without finger holes.
Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria was just as enthusiastic, especially when he heard that Babe Ruth loved the game. The three men, plus four others, invested in Ducky's Sports Lounge, opening Friday on Kennedy Boulevard, east of Howard Avenue.
With four lanes, 20 people can play at a time, said Alvarez, noting the equipment is similar to duckpins, which are no longer manufactured. "Same rules, though, and no special shoes are required."
There are 44 televisions to watch and 28 beers on tap, including house brew Ducky's Lager, made by Cycle Brewery specifically for Longo.
Chef Frankie Midulla's daily lunch and dinner options include pizza, devil crabs, Cuban wraps, asparagus fritters and various chopped salads, including California Dream sprinkled with duck bacon. If his name is familiar, it's because he was the chef of Valencia Gardens and Midulla's.
Ducky's Sports Lounge is at 1719 W Kennedy Blvd. It's open from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday through Wednesday and 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. Thursday through Saturday. Visit duckystampa.com or call (813) 254-6160.