Alley’s Alehouse: Bringing Fresh Flavor to Fishers
Writer and Photographer / Keeley Miller
Tucked away just inside Pinheads Bowling, a redesigned restaurant is bringing new flavor to Fishers. What used to be Louie’s Bar and Restaurant is now Alley’s Alehouse, a bar-and-grill style restaurant that fuses classic favorites with fresh high-quality ingredients.
Alley’s goes out of their way to deliver the freshest food possible. The kitchen staff, headed by Executive Chef John Hoog and Sous Chef RodLee Lancaster, goes as far as making their own corn tortillas daily and pickling their jalapeños on-site. Menu specialties include their Loaded Chorizo Fries, The BBQ Pit Pizza, the Drunken Goat Cheese Burger and the Buffalo Chicken Sandwich. Going beyond their already diverse menu, Alley’s also has unique weekly dishes.
“Two years ago, we made the commitment that we were going to try to get fresher food, better food and higher-quality ingredients. We didn’t want to carry a processed product,” said Kevin Walter, Chief Operating Officer at Pinheads. “The first thing we started with was pizza, and then we went through the rest of the menu. Before rolling the menu out, we decided to remodel to reflect the product that we were serving.”
Designed by Joni Baumgardner, the restaurant features a ‘rustic comfort’ design with two large stone fireplaces surrounded by chairs and couches. Edison style lights hang from the ceiling with industrial cables, providing a warm glow and unique setting. With two miniature bowling lanes as well as beach volleyball courts and a tiki bar outside, Alley’s uses its location to its advantage.
“Our goal was to surprise people’s expectations with both decor and food quality in a place they were probably not expecting,” said Walter. “Being attached to a bowling alley can be a disadvantage at times, but I like to see it as an advantage in that I can change people’s perspective.”
Alley’s Alehouse features a huge bar managed by Jack Vermillion with 30 draft beer options as well as local, craft and rotating seasonal taps. But Alley’s is also kid-friendly with entertainment options inside and outside of the restaurant and a kid’s menu.
“This is one of a few places where the adults are very comfortable, but the kids can have a great time,” said Walter. “The facility is now an ideal place for adults to feel comfortable with or without the kids.”
Alley’s has already experienced success with a packed restaurant on their opening night. Reviews and surveys praise the restaurant, commenting on the quality of the food.
“We want to be thought of as a restaurant, not just a restaurant attached to a bowling alley,” added Executive Chef Hoog.
For more information and to see the full menu, visit alleysalehouse.com.