GOSHEN — When Roger Brown took over Maple City Bowl last March, he knew what needed to be done to turn the bowling alley into a state-of-the-art experience.
Brown spent nearly $1 million to renovate the building, which included a complete overhaul of the concourse and bar area, along with a revamped arcade. Food from the new kitchen, such as the buffalo jalapeño poppers, are a hit with customers.
"Goshen needed an entertainment venue focused specifically toward families," he said. "The intent is for parents to play and get a good meal with their family."
Other improvements include an entirely new internal network and scoring system software on each lane. Instead of the normal 10-frame matches, there are 20 different alternative, kid-friendly game-modes to try. This is the same software Brown uses at his other bowling alley, Signature Lanes in Elkhart.
"Some kids don't want to play 10-frames," Brown said. "Now, they can play a variety of different games using the same pins."
Even after nearly a year's worth of renovations, he said he is not done.
"It continues to be a work in progress," Brown said. The focus will continue to be toward making an inviting environment for families.
Maple City Bowl's hours are 11 a.m.–9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. and 10 p.m.–midnight Friday, noon–midnight Saturday and noon–7:30 p.m Sunday.
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