“I studied pool halls in the Cities to see what worked and what didn’t, and was able to build a list of what I wanted to have in my hall. I want this to be a family-friendly environment. There’s food and drinks available, and obviously games, but there really isn’t a bar present.”
The tone of the hall is one of fun and safety. Louis’ hours of operation go no later than midnight, because of a city ordinance specifically banning pool halls from staying open later. “I guess there have been problems in the past with 24-hour halls and delinquent kids or drug trafficking. But that won’t happen here. This is a family-themed, safety-conscious business.”
Other LRB qualities include a “women play free with a paid partner” policy, weekly tournaments with cash prizes, and a functioning kitchen (boasting the usual fried food, from the state-mandatory cheese curd, to the oft-misunderstood cauliflower). Two-dollar tap beers, bottled soda, and some varieties of pizza round out the menu. Whether you’re a family out on the town, a lowly pool junkie, or just looking for a nice place to hang out, LRB, and its vibrant felt landscape, will be waiting.
London Road Billiards, 2503 London Road. Open 10am-midnight Sundays-Thursdays, 10am-2am Fridays-Saturdays. 552-7377.