SANBORN – Misfortune has not spared Bowl Mor Lanes, however the ball is on for Sanborn’s enterprise to come back again and be higher than earlier than.
The bowling heart, bought by Bert and Bev Van Dam from Orange Metropolis and their sons Josh and Jeremy in Could 2019, has closed twice of their two years of possession resulting from exterior elements.
The primary was the coronavirus, which shut down Bowl Mor for 4 months final spring and summer time.
Bowl Mor reopened in August solely to shut a month later when a water leak precipitated greater than $ 300,000 in injury.
The pins have been silenced for practically 5 months, whereas the constructing has undergone intensive renovations and repairs, and the Van dams are nonetheless within the strategy of absolutely reopening.
Having to shut once more twice in a yr was like a slap within the face, Bert mentioned.
“To have leagues every week after which come right here and discover water, I used to be just about on the finish,” he mentioned. “I did not know what to do at first. I sort of stood there and made positive the water was turned off.
Two inches of water flooded half of the constructing, penetrating the carpet, partitions and cabinetry in the principle entrance, central seating space, and kitchen. The one benefit is that the bowling alleys have been raised a foot and haven’t suffered any injury.
As soon as the Van Dams began to roll up the mat and take inventory of the injury, different issues emerged that might should be mounted or changed.
Eradicating the moist carpet meant eradicating the entrance counter, which led to the elimination of a part of the ceiling. The injury within the kitchen precipitated them to tear the ground aside and substitute the previous plumbing. Tearing of the soaked plywood on the primary ground revealed wiring that wanted to be disconnected and put to code.
“We utterly emptied the whole lot, the entrance counter and the whole lot,” Bert mentioned.
After intensive demolition to eradicate water injury, months of restore and renovation started.
“We put in new carpet, new flooring in our eating room and kitchen, put new ceiling tiles in place as a result of a few of the previous stuff needed to be torn off, so we thought, we’d as properly repair it and that the whole lot seems to be positive, ”Bert mentioned.
Along with changing what was broken by the flooding, Van Dams used the renovation alternative to make different repairs and upgrades.
The largest change has been to open up the house and make it extra accessible.
Teams from Village Northwest Limitless in Sheldon repeatedly come to the bowling alley. Earlier than the renovation, getting wheelchairs via the door and across the counter was a two-person job. When the entrance counter was ripped off, Bert made a degree of redesigning the doorway to accommodate wheelchairs.
“It was very tough for the wheelchairs,” mentioned Bert. “It was like attempting to seize a mattress across the nook. Now they only are available.
The eating room has additionally been enlarged to have extra seating and an extra entrance to the eating room has been put in place.
“Ultimately we hope to open for breakfast so we will shut the bowling aspect,” Bert mentioned.
He expects Bowl Mor to serve lunch in a couple of weeks. Work on the kitchen ended final week and has been inspected and cleared to promote meals.
These enhancements complement the company-wide upgrades that started when the Van Dams purchased Bowl Mor from former proprietor Penny Haag of Sanborn. Earlier than reopening underneath the Van Dams, the bowling adjusters, ball returns, lanes, bumpers and pins had been all improved.
“For the previous two years it has been an entire totally different bowling heart,” mentioned Bert.
The reopening for bowling started steadily in February with part-time leagues. Bowl Mor opened to different bowling leagues in March and started accepting reservations for the bowling alley.
“The group actually needed to come back again to bowling. We have been actually, actually busy, ”mentioned Bert.
Most evenings, solely one of many eight lanes is open.
Whereas the timing is way from very best, Bert mentioned the numerous enhancements to the bowling alley and the apparent appreciation from returning bowlers have paid off.
“Would I do it once more, if I knew all this problem?” he mentioned. “Yeah, I in all probability would have began over.”