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Couple opens billards parlor on Walnut Street

September 20, 2007|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - In the stage and film versions of "The Music Man," character Harold Hill sings of the perils of having a pool table in a community.

That kind of trouble is unwanted in Waynesboro, according to a local couple who has taken steps to prevent it at their new business.

No alcohol is permitted at Bobby D's Billiards & Cafe. Children younger than 14 must be accompanied by a parent.

"We've been trying to gear it to serve pool players and families," proprietor Bobby Davis said.

The business opened six weeks ago at 117 Walnut St. in the old Zook's Skating Rink.

Fifteen pool tables are lined up in the main room, with an Internet jukebox and touch-screen video games. A designated smoking room and kitchen are along one wall.

Supplies are stocked and ordered for sale.

Bobby D's Billiards & Cafe is open seven days a week starting at 2 p.m. Closing times vary.

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"We're going to try to start a league, and have some leagues and tournaments," Robyn Davis said.

The Davises owned a pizza shop in Rouzerville, Pa., but wanted to open the pool hall to capitalize on their interest.

"I'm just learning, and he's teaching me," Robyn Davis said.

She said people come in and want to shoot pool with her husband.

The game "is kind of almost addictive," said Bobby Davis, whose favorite game is nine ball.

Both coin-operated and hourly-rate tables can be found in Bobby D's Billiards & Cafe.

"We want to get it to be busier. We've been busy, but I want to see the place full every night," Bobby Davis said.

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