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Bowling center rolls toward opening
BARSTOW • Owning a bowling alley is every bowler’s dream, according to Paula Vidad.
For Vidad and two of her closest friends, Alex and Bonnie Hernandez, that dream is coming true, as the three friends have partnered to open Revolutions Barstow Bowl.
“We’re all avid bowlers, and we know how bowlers should be treated,” Vidad said. “It’s all about the bowlers. It’s a bowling center with a sports bar and a full service pro shop. It’s going to be a good atmosphere because we know how bowlers should be treated.
“Corporate is corporate, they are not bowlers. If you go there you end up just being a number as opposed to coming in here, where we want to know your name.”
After an announcement in April that the bowling center would open in six to eight weeks, pending a liquor license transfer, the opening was postponed and is now set for a “soft” opening Sept. 26. The bowling lanes will open Sept. 27, with a grand opening planned two weeks after, Vidad said.
Vidad said the because the bowling alley was closed since 2011, they could not transfer the license because the previous owner was not actively selling alcohol. That left Vidad and her partners to apply for a new liquor license.
“It was probably a good thing that happened,” Vidad said. “It’s been a long process and we were hoping to open sooner. But we are kind of glad all that happened because all of the upgrades we’ve done have taken quite some time.”
According to Vidad, all the bowling lanes have been resurfaced, the gutters were repainted, there is new paint and landscape and a new-look sports bar.
The business will open its doors Sept. 26, not for bowling but for the Thursday night football game between the St. Louis Rams and San Francisco 49ers.
Vidad said 13 big screen televisions and a projector will air every possible sporting event, including every NFL football game as part of the NFL Sunday Ticket package.
Vidad said there are potential plans to have a karaoke night in the Route 66 Bar and Grill. Also in the sports bar, there will be a digital jukebox, three billiard tables and an electronic dart board.
The bowling center has filled 28 employee positions, but Vidad said they are still accepting applications. Vidad said there will be an orientation and training for the hired employees as the opening date approaches.
Jose Quintero can be reached at 760-256-4122 or JQuintero@DesertDispatch.com.