I love when we get these stories of local businesses that explode in popularity.

Back in January, we were talking about the amazing popularity that Point Pleasant's Bubbakoo's Burritos has enjoyed in recent years.

Today, it's all about Belmar original, Playa Bowls.

As recently as 2017, we talked about Playa Bowls' local roots and their handful of Garden State locations.

It's a lot more than just a handful now, though, with the Playa Bowls love spreading far and wide, from right here in New Jersey, to Florida, Louisiana, and even Puerto Rico.

This week, an eagle-eyed colleague of mine spotted signs that the chain will be setting up shop in southern Ocean County with an upcoming Manahawkin location:

Photo by Varacchi
Photo by Varacchi

The Manahawkin Playa Bowls will be coming to the former location of Smallcakes, at the corner of North Main Street and Hilliard Boulevard.

The Playa Bowls team touched base with my colleague Varacchi from our sister-station 105.7 The Hawk and said that the Manahawkin location, which will be the company's 86th, is shooting for a mid-March opening.


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