New entertainment hot spot opens with bowling, arcade and bar at Bowlero

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By Patrick Dillon @PDillon_SGN

VISALIA – The world leader in bowling entertainment, Bowlero AMF, held its grand opening of its newest location in Visalia last Saturday.

After an extensive renovation to the old Visalia Bowling Alley on 1740 W. Caldwell Ave. in which the company poured over a million dollars in updating everything from the bowling lanes to the snack bar. For Bowlero’s general manager Cynthia Padilla-Nowakowski all the updates were well worth it.

“We want to be the place where everyone comes in Visalia, the hot spot,” said Nowakowski.

The lanes were upgraded but much of the renovations were geared toward improving the wow factor of the bowling alley. Improving that wow factor is the company’s main philosophy and how they plan to become Visalia’s largest entrainment venue.

The venue now features 20 high definition televisions above the end of all the bowling lanes, an upgraded arcade, a sports lounge, to go along with its neon decor to go along with its 40 lanes.

Each one of the high definition televisions can play anything from sports to movies and so on. The arcade now boasts 20 of the newest games in an expanded area. That is a far cry from the five in the side room that the venue used to have. Then there is the sports lounge and bar, which features some of Bowlero’s crazy menu options, like their signature Behemoth Burger, named one of America’s top burgers according to USA Today; their Party Pretzel; or the Monster Cookie Melt. The lounge also features a wide variety of seating areas and two beer pong tables.

The arcade has a new card system, which eliminates the need for quarters, tokens or tickets. All information is stored on that card.

“That is one of the major benefits of the arcade that we have,” said Nowakowski.

Desiree Villarreal, of Visalia, took advantage of the grand opening to see what this new bowling alley had to offer with her family and was thoroughly impressed.

“I think it is going to be a lot more entertaining for the kids because they have these choices,” said Villarreal.

Before the renovations, Villarreal would only come to the bowling alley’s doors when there was a kids’ night, and then try to come every two months. Noting the upgrades and new features, she says that she is going to be more of a regular now.

“I’m anxious to come back on a date night and experience everything,” said Villarreal.

Bowlero has specials and leagues available for the serious bowler, too. They have two-dollar Tuesdays. Two dollars for each game bowled; shoe rentals and some food items are also two dollars. Wednesdays offer the late night special: eight dollars for a game and a single buck for shoe rental.

Bowlero is still a league-supported venue with regular leagues on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday evenings. There are two senior leagues and a women’s league on Monday and Tuesday mornings.

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