Lakewood's Bowlero revamped for families

Staff writerFebruary 14, 2014 

Bowling is back at Bowlero Lanes in Lakewood.

Previous tenants had closed the bowling alley in 2011. Bowlero Lanes sat dormant until building owner Jay Han, who Lakewood locals will know from his family’s Boo Han Market, reopened the lanes Jan. 6.

Consider this a rolling opening that will take a few more months to manifest as Han works on permits for a planned restaurant on site.

Right now, the bowling alley is open daily for open bowl, and spring bowling leagues should begin by the end of March.

Han reopened Bowlero with families in mind. His school-age kids are new fans of bowling. Seeing their enthusiasm, Han has adapted his business to appeal to kids.

“I had my 9-year-old’s birthday party this past Saturday – they really enjoyed it,” said Han, who currently is working on Glow Bowling, a style of bowling that merges music and fun lighting that appeals to families with kids.

“We got the glowing balls and the glowing pins. And we put 100 black lights in. I’m buying the disco bowl for that,” said Han, laughing, describing all the necessities to create an atmosphere that is something more akin to a party than a traditional bowling experience.

The sign still holds remnants of Bowlero’s former life as a combination bowling alley and casino. Han said he’s working on changing the sign – and he has no plans to turn the bowling alley into a casino.

“With the Glow Bowling, I plan to market the business as more of a family environment,” Han said.

“Bowling is a great sport, it’s actually quite athletic. You have to really use your legs. I feel it the next morning,” he said, laughing. “I wanted to create a good family environment. I can play with my kids and the whole family and it’s an enjoyable 2-3 hours.”

Han’s made other changes inside including investing in new equipment, shoes and balls.

Aside from short-term closures, Bowlero has operated as a bowling alley since 1959.

Bowlero Lanes

3852 Steilacoom Blvd. SW, Lakewood; 253-589-9000,

Sue Kidd: 253-597-8270

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