BALTIMORE, Md. (WMAR) — "Shake and Bake 2.0! Baltimore's body and mind destination," said founder of the Shake & Bake Family Fun Center and former Baltimore Colt, Glenn "Shake & Bake" Doughty.
The family fun center opened 37 years ago on Pennsylvania Avenue in West Baltimore. Doughty struggled through some financial issues over the years and Mayor Catherine Pugh eventually closed the doors so renovations could get done. Ever since, nearly two years ago, community members have been waiting for the doors to re-open. The roller rink was opened last summer but the bowling alley just finished.
"I thank God. There were times this was not going to happen," said Doughty. He added, "this is one of the things we want to tell the kids about, being successful and overcoming obstacles."
Doughty started this center to bring positive vibes to the community.
Wednesday, Baltimore city leaders got a sneak peak of the facility. "I'm just excited. I mean look at this place," said Ex Officio Mayor Jack Young. He talked about how important this place is to the youth in Baltimore. He praised Doughty for all he's done. He said, "he epitomizes what giving is really about."
The director for Baltimore City Recreation & Parks, Reginald Moore, showed everyone around the new area. He has been working with his team since the mayor closed the doors to get things back up and running as quickly as possible.
Councilman Eric Costello threw the first ball of the door and started things off with a bang. He hit a strike! The only one of the day.
They have more than just bowling. They created two game rooms, one with your traditional games like pool and another with video games.
"We wanted to find something different we can do to attract our teens," said Moore. He added, "we're trying to find ways to get kids out and get them engaged."
The official grand opening is on Saturday, but it's adults only from 10 p.m. until 1 a.m. and $10 a person. Sunday, the family friendly environment is officially open.
Now that phase two is done he said they're working on phase three. Doughty wants to create an education and sports theater.
"Buckle up! It's bodacious, ya'll. You better get ready to groove and have some fun," said Doughty. He added, "the oven is up because we shaking and baking on Pennsylvania Avenue."