Bigger isn?t always better, and that's especially true at Koz?s Mini Bowl. As you might guess from the name, everything here is just a bit smaller, from the bowling balls to the little man who cleans up the pins. Practically the only thing that hasn't been scaled down is the sense of competition; the goal is still to get as many strikes and spares as possible. As players palm miniature bowling balls and toss them down four lanes, a jukebox fills the alley with classic tunes and a bartender fills pitchers to the brim with beer.
Within the cream-colored brick exterior of a century-old city building, Papa Luigi’s II marries an Italian restaurant with a bowling alley. Amid the wood paneling, wine-red carpet, and chandeliers of the dining room, taste buds can warm up with the house’s favorite appetizer—sicilian eggplant lathered in Papa’s special marinara sauce. Thin-n-crispy pizzas, which Papa Luigi’s II has been perfecting for 23 years, come loaded with canadian bacon or shrimp.
After meals, guests can adjourn to the newly remodeled, smoke-free bowling alley. Here, shining orbs hurtle down 10 lanes whose automatic bumpers forgive shaky aim, and an automatic scoring system lets bowlers tuck their personal mathematicians back into the trunks of their cars. Between rounds, players can refuel at a pub-style bar by tipping back chilled mugs brimming with imported tap beers and gazing at a trio of plasma televisions. Those seeking a new arena for competition can drop by the game room or rent the upstairs gym for shooting hoops.
Throughout the week, Country Lanes offers open bowling hours and league opportunities for bowlers of all skill levels. In addition to indoor lanes, the alley welcomes outdoor revelers with courts for sand volleyball and horseshoes. The outdoor tiki bar keeps carousers stocked with cocktails and draft brews, and an indoor grill fires sandwiches, pizzas, and appetizers such as wonton wraps. A banquet hall is available for parties, and a teen glow-bowl league takes place on Fridays through the summer, allowing bioluminescent youngsters to bowl in their natural environment.
King Pin Management LLC nurtures and guides three restaurants and a dozen bowling centers all across Wisconsin, including King Pin Bowl. Their staff consultants and accountants track all these operations, tallying every penny while auditing employee performance. In addition, training instructors travel around to give employees refresher courses on proper workplace conduct, while menu developers help make restaurant offerings more taste bud-friendly. Not even pinsetters and floors escape the staff's attention?technicians comb every bowling lane and machine to root out faulty wiring and make sure new pin system computers know how to form a perfect triangle.
Though Maple Lanes' main attraction is its 24 bowling lanes with automatic scoring, visitors can also step away from the pins for games of volleyball and rounds of golf on world-famous courses. As bowlers roll spares and strikes indoors, teams carry out sets and spikes on the outdoor sand volleyball courts, which host leagues and tournaments throughout the summer months. All year long, golfers hit the links on a Full Swing golf simulator, which transports them to 40 championship courses that emulate real-life wind and greens conditions. When not accidentally rolling volleyballs down the lanes or teeing up 16-pound balls, guests can order steak sandwiches, burgers, and bratwurst from the full kitchen or kick back in the lounge, where several large-screen HDTVs broadcast sporting events.
Across 36 well-maintained lanes, bumpers rise in the gutters to accommodate novice players and automatic scoring screens keep count as bowlers take down pins. The 33-year-old Ledgeview Lanes teems with activities, including video games to pool tables where bowlers can settle ties by seeing who can hula-hoop with the triangular rack. Inside of the lounge and grill, the hottest games flash across the 120-inch screen while bartenders pour cocktails to pair with hand-tossed pizzas and burgers.