A Detroit-area entrepreneur believes he has scored a touchdown with his new business idea. Or thrown a strike.
Actually, it’s both.
Chris Hutt owns the Fowling Warehouse, a 34,000-square-foot repurposed industrial site in Hamtramck that’s devoted to a football/bowling hybrid sport — fowling — he and some buddies invented while tailgating years ago at the Indianapolis 500.
The facility features 20 lanes, where players or teams try to be the first to knock down all 10 of their opponents’ bowling pins by tossing a single football from a distance of up to 48 feet.
The game is not complicated, Hutt said, but it’s not easy, either. In the Fowling Warehouse’s first six months of operation, only 29 strikes had been thrown over 100,000-plus games.
There’s another quick way to end a fowling match: A unique shot called a Bonk, which occurs when a player knocks the middle pin — and only the middle pin — off the board on the first throw. The other nine pins must remain standing.