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post Dec 3 2009, 10:09 AM
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I saw a post on facebook about it. I am trying to follow up to get more details.
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post Dec 3 2009, 06:57 PM
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I saw a post on facebook about it. I am trying to follow up to get more details.


I'm working on an article for Saturday's paper! Buy it to find out the details wink.gif


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post Dec 3 2009, 11:02 PM
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I'm working on an article for Saturday's paper! Buy it to find out the details wink.gif


I am glad you are the one doing it! I caught the story from somewhere else and figured it was a good thing to have out there.
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post Dec 4 2009, 01:58 AM
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QUOTE(NDReporter @ Dec 3 2009, 06:57 PM) *

I'm working on an article for Saturday's paper! Buy it to find out the details wink.gif



It was nice meeting you NDReporter! I look forward to reading the article on Saturday.

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post Dec 4 2009, 09:25 PM
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post Dec 5 2009, 02:35 AM
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Welcome to the board Dave!



Thanks Ang, glad to be here!


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post Dec 5 2009, 08:56 AM
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I just read the article in The News-Dispatch. It appears as though the new owners have a bit more business sense than the last group. The new owners appear to realize you can’t just come into a community and suck the life out of the business and expect the business to prosper.

Though not much of a bowler, you can count me in to give the place a try. I have many places and opportunities to spend my “entertainment dollars” so count me in to give Lakeshore Lanes a try.

Actually, reading the article in the ND conjures up numerous memories of my high school days where Suburban Lanes was sort of a “hang out” for many of the students. The bowling alley represented a safe and fun place for many of the students to gather. Also, a few of my friends worked there as well.

Best of luck to the new owners. Run a tight ship, provide a good entertainment value and the people of Michigan City and the surrounding area will support you.
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post Dec 5 2009, 11:01 AM
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My former place of employment used to have their Thursday night league at the former Suburban Lanes. I used to stop in once in a while for a snack and couple cold beverages. Last time I was in that place was August of '08 when the boys had their annual Bowl-a-thon fundraiser, the place was really falling apart. This year they had it at City Lanes.

Best wishes to the new owner of Lakeshore Lanes.
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post Dec 7 2009, 09:40 AM
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http://thenewsdispatch.com/main.asp?Sectio...ArticleID=27467

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Former bowling alley gets new owners

Alicia Ebaugh
Staff Writer

MICHIGAN CITY - The former Suburban Lanes bowling alley is under new ownership and will reopen soon following extensive renovations, its owners said.

"We had to overcome a lot of hurdles when we came in, and we didn't expect that," co-owner Dave Backstrom said. "We're hoping to open within a few weeks, though."

The bowling alley will be named Lakeshore Lanes to distinguish the new business from the old, Backstrom said. They contend the former owners of Suburban Lanes, out of Rootstown, Ohio, owed thousands of dollars to local businesses, including more than $20,000 to NIPSCO, he said.

"They brought this place a really bad reputation, but we want it to be something different," said co-owner Jeff Warren, 35, Beecher, Ill. "We're very family-oriented - we're not trying to run this place like idiots."

Warren bought the bowling alley for $125,000 in October with Backstrom, 36, Crestwood, Ill., and Munster residents Bill Slusarczyk and Jeannie Ring. Warren and Slusarczyk already own Castaways Bowl in Calumet City, Ill., and Backstrom used to own a pro bowling shop. All of the investors are lifetime bowling aficionados, they said.

"We want to help save the sport. It's been on a downtrend for some time," Backstrom said. "If we can get kids involved through tournaments and other things, they'll be bowling for life."

Warren said he found out about the vacant bowling alley at 2820 E. Michigan Blvd. through members of the Bowling Proprietors Association of America.

"We felt it had potential, especially, to better serve pro bowlers in the community," he said. "There are hardly any places to eat on this stretch of road, either, and we think the bar will do good business."

The sale price was less than half of the business' assessed value, according to La Porte County assessor records, but the new owners have had to sink about $50,000 into renovations, Warren said. The biggest obstacle to reopening the bowling alley was the electrical wiring, which had to be completely redone according to city code, Backstrom said.

"The lack of maintenance here was surprising," he said. "Apparently, it used to always be freezing in here, and we found the heat and air conditioning were wired to come on at the same time. That's fixed now."

They also had to rebuild an interior wall the former owners ripped out, which made the ceiling start caving in.

"This place was in pretty poor shape, but it's starting to look really good," Backstrom said. "Now, we've just got to get it cleaned up."

Resurfaced bowling lanes, new tile flooring in the bar, and even new stall doors in the women's bathroom were included in the renovations. Work on the kitchen and banquet room will continue after the bowling alley and bar open, Warren said. They will be available soon, as well as a pro bowling shop.

Suburban Lanes originally closed in April after the former owners told police their managers stole $11,677 in food, beer and liquor, as well as $4,400 in cash and a $15,000 lane machine. A few other pieces of bowling alley property have gone missing since then, Backstrom said, including a $2,000 bowling ball drilling machine. But now the locks have been changed on the bowling alley's doors, and the new owners of Lakeshore Lanes are ready to lock in on making their investment a success.

"We want our customers to leave with a smile," Warren said. "We want them to have fun here and create memories that will last a lifetime."
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post Dec 9 2009, 12:38 AM
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Thanks for posting the article southside! We have gotten a ton of good feedback. We are planning to open this coming Monday the 14th. It will be a "soft" opening to get things going. We are planning to have a grand opening party at some point in the near future. I'll keep you guys posted!



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post Dec 9 2009, 12:34 PM
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QUOTE(LakeshoreDave @ Dec 9 2009, 12:38 AM) *

Thanks for posting the article southside! We have gotten a ton of good feedback. We are planning to open this coming Monday the 14th. It will be a "soft" opening to get things going. We are planning to have a grand opening party at some point in the near future. I'll keep you guys posted!
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Neat--there's a website! I'll take a look tonight. My husband and I are bowlers, and we're always looking to see what's available.

Welcome to the area!
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post Dec 9 2009, 01:19 PM
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QUOTE(JHeath @ Dec 9 2009, 12:34 PM) *

Neat--there's a website! I'll take a look tonight. My husband and I are bowlers, and we're always looking to see what's available.

Welcome to the area!




Got a link for that?
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post Dec 9 2009, 03:14 PM
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Give this a try:

www.bowllakeshorelanes.com
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post Dec 9 2009, 05:58 PM
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QUOTE(MCRogers1974 @ Dec 9 2009, 03:14 PM) *

Give this a try:

www.bowllakeshorelanes.com




Yup thats it. Make sure you guys sign up for email updates. We will be sending out special offers and upcoming events via email.



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post Dec 9 2009, 06:00 PM
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QUOTE(JHeath @ Dec 9 2009, 12:34 PM) *

Neat--there's a website! I'll take a look tonight. My husband and I are bowlers, and we're always looking to see what's available.

Welcome to the area!



Thanks! Feel free to stop in and say hello, and see what we've done so far. It's a work in progress, but I think its looking alot better. It was a dungeon the first time we walked in the door.


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QUOTE(MCRogers1974 @ Dec 9 2009, 03:14 PM) *

Give this a try:

www.bowllakeshorelanes.com


I am signed up. I can't wait to see the place again. For years a youth ministry group I helped out with did their big annual fundraiser there. Plus we always did the New Years Eve special there before we had kids.
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