BARSTOW As someone who enjoys a nice trip to the bowling alley, I've been looking forward to checking out Revolutions Barstow Bowl and Route 66 Bar & Grill.

Fellow Desert Dispatch reporter Jose Quintero and I took the short trip down Main Street to Revolutions last Friday, and got a tour of the place courtesy of Paula Vidad. Vidad is a co-owner of Revolutions along with Bonnie and Alex Hernandez, and the current ownership re-opened the bowling center in September.

Before we even got to the lanes, the first thing I noticed was the large area with a bar and dance floor up front, big enough to be a nightclub on its own.

"Tonight we're having a DJ. Hip-hop and reggae," Vidad said. "Then tomorrow we're having an all-star comedy show. We got over 100 people for a comedy show last month. And we want to start country line dancing on Thursday nights."

I asked Vidad what inspired the new ownership to offer so many non-bowling activities.

"Because of the venue," Vidad said. "It's such a wonderful venue. You have the dance floor, you have the stage."

After checking out the "nightclub" area, it was time for us to hit the lanes.

The bowling center has a cool look, with Las Vegas-themed signage above the lanes that gives the whole place a bright feel. The lanes are kept up nicely, and the house bowling balls are easy to navigate through to find what you need.

Jose and I bowled two games each, and I decided I could easily do more assignments like this.

"I was expecting Revolutions to be just another bowling alley," Jose said. "I've been in the building before for interviews in the past, but never really had a chance to check the place out. It's definitely the best bowling alley in the High Desert because it caters to just about anyone. You can come here with the family or you can come have a beer and shoot a game of pool with your buddies. I'm curious to know what the vibe in Route 66 Bar & Grill is like in the evening."

We'll have to check out Revolutions after work sometime. For now, I can see myself coming here on my lunch break at least once a week.

Revolutions conducts a free "Learn to Bowl" class and has leagues on Mondays and Thursdays. Vidad told us that a new league has also been started recently.

"We just started this new league, the Have a Ball League," Vidad said. "Most of the people in the 'Learn to Bowl' class don't have their own bowling ball. So now they come back and they bowl once a week, and part of the proceeds goes to getting them their own ball. That's $12 for 8 weeks. After the eighth week they get a ball from the pro shop."

I enjoyed the trip to Revolutions, and I might even have to purchase my own bowling ball sometime soon.