Eastside Property: The Highland Park home of Mr. T’s Bowl up for sale

The home of Mr.T’s Bowl/LoopNet

The Figueroa Street building that houses Mr. T’s Bowl & Nightclub, a former Highland Park bowling alley turned nightspot,  has been put up for sale as nearby blocks attract new restaurants and shops.

The owners of the two-story building near the Highland Theater are asking $3.125 million for the 14,000-square-foot structure, according to LoopNet. While the ground floor contains, two storefronts  and Mr. T’s, the upstairs features 3,000-square-feet of offices as well as 20-feet high ceilings, skylights and wood, bow-truss ceiling beams – features that would certainly appeal to the lovers of loft-like spaces.  Says the listing:

The property could be an excellent fit for someone who would like to continue a similar venue or for someone who would like to turn the space into creative office/ retail space.

It’s not clear if Mr. T’s would be part of any sale. The Eastsider has contacted the owners for comment.

So, who was Mr T? He would be Joseph “Mr. T” Teresa, who bought the property in 1966, according to an L.A. Weekly story posted on the venue’s website. The story provided more details:

Joseph “Mr. T” Teresa, a son of an Italian immigrant by way of Louisiana, who owned a nearby liquor store, bought the property in 1966. Live big-band music, Mr. T’s favorite, filled the space. Mr. T set up home-style buffets for hungry bowlers. And students from nearby Occidental College and other Eastside campuses indulged in the tradition of collegiate drinking there.

But by the late 1980s, interest in the sport had waned considerably. The lanes went dark. And Mr. T’s turned into a retiree bar. Not much more.

Mr. T’s rebounded after it was discovered by a young generation with, according to the Weekly, “an acute sense of irony.”

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  1. I hope the new owners refurbish the bowling lanes in the back instead of leaving them to rot.

  2. Mr T’s was a great place during its revival. Many of us played shows there and had magical, golden moments in music.

  3. Sad to hear the old Mr. T’s is going. End of an era.

    Here’s to hoping the new owners take it in an exciting direction.

  4. I pity the fool who passes up on this investment. It seems like it needs some work, though; it’ll take an “A Team” of investors to restore it to its former glory.

  5. All I ask is that Mr. T’s actually open once in a blue moon.

  6. I must confess that the 80s were a time of wine and roses for me; memories are hazy. Still, I am pretty sure there were punk and alternative bands playing there by 82 or 83, not the late 80s. Also, I’m pretty sure Irony wasn’t invented yet. According to Wikipedia, Irony was invented March 27th, 1992.

    There was certainly still the local barflies, but they’d pack it in by 8:30 or so.

    Anyone remember when Leather Hyman and Woodpussy shared the stage? There were so many good and not so good bands that came through there. Even when a band sucked, it was still a blast to come out.

    And WTF happened to Arlo? I miss that guy. He preformed miracles with the sound equipment.

    Mr. T’s Bowl is up there with Al’s Bar, Raji’s, the Anti-Club, and the Masquers’. It was the last if it’s kind, really.

  7. The highlight of my life was getting a compliment from Arlo.

  8. I used to actually bowl there in jr high. The Club Fuzzy Land was a blast around “86. Boy that price is steep!

  9. So many good times there!

  10. Can anyone provide me with contact information for the new owner(s) / real estate agent(s) involved? Thx

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