Papio Bowl features synthetic lanes and new electronic scoring systems designed to make the game as seamless and enjoyable as possible. During open bowling, friends and family vie against one another in 10-frame games while taking breaks to chow down on pizza and burgers from the grill. On select nights, Papio Bowl also goes dark for cosmic bowling.
Jeanne and her brother, John, smile as they look out over the 36 honey-hued lanes at Maplewood Lanes Bowling Center, where three generations of their family work and swap tales accumulated since the business’s inception in 1976. The center's crew presides over the lanes, helping young players lower automatic bumpers and robots compose love letters to scoring systems. Between frames, bowlers refuel in the bar and grill, which pours imported beers alongside hand-tossed pizzas. The sound of clinking glasses and scattering pins form a percussive soundtrack that drifts out to the patio, which is open year round thanks to radiant heat, fire pits, and fences that keep out tourists trying to see changing leaves.
The moment the ball hits the pins, a small burst of thunder crashes down the lane, joining the bowler?s cheers. Another strike has been earned at Chop?s Bowl, a 12-lane bowling alley that offers novices the use of bumpers. On Saturday nights, strobes lights illuminate the lanes as guests partake in cosmic bowling, select choice tunes on a jukebox, and divvy up piping-hot pizzas and other snacks.