Owners of popular franchise shut Downtown Easton location after 4 years

The proprietors of four regional Playa Bowls franchises have shuttered their Easton place.

Playa Bowls opened extra than four a long time ago at 16 N. 3rd St. in Downtown Easton. It was the next area at the time for Susan and Jim Dale of the Saucon Valley region.

“Playa Bowls in Easton is closed. Thank you for the final 4+ yrs,” a indicator on the entrance door stated Friday.

An assistant manager who answered the cell phone Friday early morning at the Decreased Nazareth Township locale confirmed the Easton closure happened very last Monday. The assistant supervisor stated she was unaware of the reasoning powering the closure a spokesperson for Playa Bowls also didn’t promptly return a request for facts.

Developer Mick Gjevukaj, however, a short while ago bought the setting up Playa Bowls was housed in — Detwiler Residence at 54 Centre Sq. — for $2 million, together with a composition that presently hosts a new music club and cafe at 1-6 Centre Square. Requested not long ago by lehighvalleylive.com what he wishes to do with his most current acquisitions, Gjevukaj said he was however to figure out the plan.

Other initial-ground tenants in the properties — a Dunkin’ cafe and a different scaled-down retail meals outlet the 1 Centre Sq. tunes venue and the Conventional cafe — will stay for now, Gjevukaj had said.

Playa Bowls opened a lot more than four yrs in the past at 16 N. Third St. in Downtown Easton. It was the 2nd locale at the time for Susan and Jim Dale of the Saucon Valley space. A sign on the front doorway Friday, March 4, 2022 verified the closure.

The Reduce Nazareth locale at Lessen Nazareth Commons remains open, the assistant supervisor mentioned. So are the other destinations owned by the Dales — at 310 E. 3rd St. in South Bethlehem and The Promenade Stores at Saucon Valley in Higher Saucon Township.

The chain is recognized for its wellbeing-aware bowls, combining acai berries, a Brazillian fruit chock comprehensive of anti-oxidants, with bananas, fruits, granola, honey, peanut butter and other toppings. The menu also features pitaya (dragon fruit), green (kale), coconut, chia and oatmeal bowls. There’s also several sorts of smoothies on the menu and these juices as the “Beach Break,” with pineapple, carrot, ginger and lemon, and “Dawn Patrol,” a concoction of orange, carrot and apple.

There’s also “poke bowls,” which characteristic clean fish, fruit and other ingredients offered at some spots.

The Dales opened the South Bethlehem internet site very first in September 2017 soon after being repeated consumers of Playa Bowls places down the Jersey Shore. The chain was started out by founders Robert Giuliani and Abby Taylor, both of those Jersey Shore natives and longtime surfers. The pair had been influenced by chasing summer season on surf journeys to Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, California and Hawaii, locating regions with their possess one of a kind model of an acai or pitaya bowl, according to the chain’s web site.

The founders eventually recreated their favored recipes, putting their personal twist on the treats in Belmar together the Jersey Shore. The Dales required to convey that sense to the Lehigh Valley, Susan Dale beforehand informed lehighvalleylive.com.

The Easton area followed that December. The Promenade site opened in autumn 2019. The couple moreover owns spots in Villanova-Wayne, Montgomery County, and Doylestown, Bucks County. According to the chain’s web page, those people destinations also continue being open up with the Dales now owning five of the state’s 13 franchises. There’s about 120 locations nationally.

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Pamela Sroka-Holzmann may possibly be reached at [email protected].