Article by South Sound Magazine.
Gig Harbor’s Ocean5 blends bowling with fine dining, duckpin with business events, and laser-tag battles with happy hours.
The entertainment center is a mash-up of owner Troy Alstead’s two passions — social connections and environmental protection.
The name refers to the world’s five oceans, all of which eventually connect.
“That’s what this is all about — connecting and social engagement,” Alstead said. “This is a place for people to be, talk, and connect with each other around the fire circle, in the bowling lanes, or around the table.”
The two-story, 57,000-square-foot facility has a 4,000-square-foot laser tag area, an arcade, and both bowling and duckpin lanes. Duckpin is a modified version of bowling with smaller balls that have no finger holes, which is popular on the East Coast.
A fire circle near the entry welcomes patrons and provides a comfortable area to hang out, chat, or wait for a lane.
Upstairs, 4,200 square feet of event center space, complete with an outdoor patio, is available for rent.
Table 47 — which is located inside the space but is a separate company also owned by Alstead — serves locally sourced, fresh-from-scratch fine dining fare. The dishes range from familiar classics like meatloaf to locally sourced seafood and steak. The menu has several gluten-free options.
Table 47 refers to the importance of a table for gathering and socializing. The number 47 is the Earth’s parallel on which Gig Harbor sits.
The restaurant seats 200, includes a full-service bar, and has seating for another 100 patrons on the patio. A landscape fireplace separates the indoor and outdoor dining rooms. The outdoor patio’s concrete floor has radiant heat.
By Shawna De La Rosa, South Sound Magazine
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