Java Cabana Saves the Imperial Lanes Bowling Alley. Sort of.

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Java Cabana proprietress Mary Burns was in that special zone Thursday morning, halfway between exhaustion and elation, when she pulled out a broom to sweep sawdust from her establishment's newly-installed floor.

"It's heart of pine," she says surveying her progress on a tough DIY project undertaken with the help of good friends. The trees were over 100-years-old when they were cut and the panels are an inch-and-a-half thick. And if you look around you can see stamps from the last time the bowling lanes were resurfaced."

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Yep. The new wood floors for the tiny Cooper Young coffee house with the vintage Memphis vibe were salvaged from the shuttered Imperial Lanes bowling alley on Summer Ave.

"I got the idea when I was out there for the Memphis Flyer 'Best of Memphis' party," she says.

Burns thinks the new wood floors will improve the room's acoustics and says she can't wait to hear how it sounds.

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