JB's On 41 brings modern bowling complex to South Side
David Bardon says bowling is in his blood. Bardon, who grew up in Elkhart Lake, has participated in the sport his entire life. Today, he owns five bowling centers, including one in Elkhart Lake, called Anchor Lanes, that was built by his father.
Bardon also owns JB's On 41, 4040 S. 27th St, formerly Olympic Lanes. After an eight-month renovation, JB's is now a modern bowling center that's more like Bayshore Town Center's iPic than a retro '70s alley.
JB's features more than 25 flat screen televisions, newly minted lanes featuring cherry wood panels and a private area for birthday parties, corporate events or a night on the town.
Along with regular bowling, JB's offers Galactic Bowling which includes a light-and-sound show combined with runway lights up each lane and a fog machine.
"The nice thing about bowling is that it's a life-long sport," says Bardon, who bowls three times a week. "Anyone, regardless of age or athleticism, can bowl."
A grand opening celebration called Strike For Tikes Grand Opening Celebration is set for Thursday, Nov. 29 through Saturday, Dec. 1.
Thursday, Nov. 29 will offer up a sports spectacular, complete with prizes and specials for NFL and sports fans of all ages throughout the day.
Friday will feature more prizes, a live band for karaoke, bowling and food discounts, along with a special challenge from JB's to have more than 1,000 games bowled by everyone in a five-hour period over the 35 lanes.
JB's will offer a special price of $2 per game Friday night to try to encourage the goal to happen. Galactic Bowling will also kick off at 9:30 a.m. on Friday.
Finally, the weekend will wrap up with a Family Fun Day on Saturday, complete with prizes and family-fun activities such as face painting, clown shows, appearance by local fire departments and a special Parents' Lounge for moms and dads who want to watch the Saturday games.
Throughout the grand opening weekend, JB's On 41 will help raise money to purchase toys for children in need this holiday season. For each strike scored Thursday through Saturday, JB's will make a contribution toward the purchase of toys. Guests coming out also can bring new or lightly used toys to receive a discount coupon good throughout the holiday season.
The complex also features The Junction at JB's, a full service restaurant and bar that offers lunch, dinner and late night options for bowlers. The Junction's revamped menu offers homemade pizzas, a variety of sandwiches, salads and a Friday fish fry.
"We're very excited about this," says Bardon. "We want people to feel like coming here for food even if they don't care to bowl."
There's a full bar and a game room on site, too.
JB's is very kid-friendly, with bumper bowling always an option and balls that are as light as six pounds.
"My grandson is three and he bowls with a six-pounder," says Bardon.
Starting in early 2013, JB's will offer bowling instruction via a program called Bowling 2.0, a four-week bowling course taught by professional bowling coaches.
"Whether someone wants to stop in for one game or really focus on the sport and get better, bowling offers a very social, affordable, physically active experience," says Bardon. "It also adds healthy competitiveness to an afternoon or evening outing – if you want to take it there."
We bowled here last night and will never be back. This place looks much nicer but the staff and the equipment is terrible. First of all for 15.00 a person you get two hours of "galactic" bowling. we got broken lanes, no music, no lights. we sat with open lanes for 45 min before the girl finally sat us. we never did figure out with a half empty bowling alley was on a waiting list. I think maybe because they knew the lanes were broken. we complained several times and we never offered anything more than a free hour on the same broken lane. then we showed the 15 yr old manager their own website stating what we were told we get for 15.000 and he said OH WELL. we had to pay the jukebox if we wanted music of ANY kind. I will be calling the owner and asking for a full refund. That place ruined my bday
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