Following a trend that has began at CityWalk Hollywood in recent years, Jillian’s Hi-Life Lanes has apparently closed with the now ominous “New Restaurant Coming Soon” sign plastered on their doors. Phone calls to Jillian’s were not answered and their Facebook page is now shuttered.
The apparent closure of Jillian’s Hi-Life Lanes follows a string of CityWalk closures in recent months, including the closure of Jody Maroni’s Sausage Kingdom in favor of LudoBird and the closure of GameStop, Salvatory Shoes, Tommy’s Hamburgers and the relocation of Things From Another World for the expansion of the Universal Studio Store.
The bowling alley first opened in 2000, alongside Buca di Beppo, Howl at the Moon at others during a large two-story expansion of CityWalk. While Jillian’s did serve food and drinks, it was known for having other recreational activities, like the billiards and aforementioned bowling, so losing those to a new restaurant that simply serves food could be a disappointment. That’s not to say whatever new venture comes along will most likely not keep to the safe “retail store” or “quick service restaurant” formula that’s been popular.
Be sure to keep an eye on Inside Universal for any developments occurring at CityWalk Hollywood.