Jake and Alicia Thompson, new owners of Star Lanes Bowling Center in Montezuma, are excited to offer the community a place where they can gather and have fun. The business, which closed six years ago, is slated to re-open on Saturday, Oct. 29. In the early going, the bowling center will be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings and will be offering bowling, arcades, pool and snack food with plans to reopen the grill in the near future.
By J.O. Parker
A long-time Montezuma Main Street business is turning on the lights and reopening its doors once again.
Jake and Alicia Thompson announced recently that they have purchased Star Lanes Bowling Center at 413 Main St. in Montezuma with plans to reopen the long-established business on Saturday, Oct. 29.
“We decided to purchase the business for the good of the community,” said Jake, who along with his wife, Alicia, also own Wilcox All-Pro Tool in Montezuma, which they purchased in January 2021.
The bowling alley, which first opened as Bowling Incorporated of Montezuma in 1960, closed its doors in 2016 and has set empty since.
“The building is in great shape,” said Alicia as carpenters worked earlier this month on updates to the restrooms.
Jake said it has been a dream of his to reopen the bowling alley and give Montezuma and area residents a place to gather and have fun.
“There has been a lot of interest in having an entertainment venue in Montezuma,” he said.
Since purchasing the business, the couple has been busy cleaning, painting, remodeling, redoing the restrooms, updating the electronics and replacing the overhead scoring screens.
“It is a work in progress,” added Alicia, as she and Jake shared their excitement.
Jake said it is rare that when a business closes, that it reopens again as the same type of business.
“I didn’t want to see it torn down,” said Jake of the bowling alley. “I didn’t want it to be something else.”
Jake said the business will continue to operate as Star Lanes in honor of those who came before them.
In the early going, plans are to open the business three days a week on Friday – Sunday evenings. There are no plans this year to offer leagues as the season is already underway at bowling alleys across the state.
At first, guests will be able to bowl, play arcade games and pool while enjoying snack foods. The couple is in the process of applying for food and beverage licenses and down the road, hope to reopen the grill and serve cold refreshments, ice cream and other goodies.
“Eventually, we will get it open for lunch,” Alicia said.
The couple also plans to offer birthday and party rental options.
An open house was held at the bowling alley on Saturday, Oct. 1 and Alicia said there was a great turnout of family, friends and local residents.
“Thanks to everyone who could make it to the open house at Star Lanes,” she said. “There’s more work to be done, but it’s a good start.”
“We hope the community will be patient with us as we get going,” Jake said.
For more information, visit Star Lanes on Facebook or send an email to:
firstname.lastname@example.org. The business phone number is 641-623-5195.