Tuesday, March 9, 2010 • Main Street Bowl celebrates first anniversary

Publisher’s note: This story is reprinted from the Tuesday, March 9, 2010 edition of the Lassen County Times.

It might be hard to believe, but bowling has been back in Lassen County for year now as Main Street Bowl celebrates its first anniversary with a weekend of food and drink specials, special rates on bowling and free giveaways beginning Friday, March 12 and running through the weekend.

An inside view of the Susanville Bowling Alley shows charred objects following a December 2016 fire. The building remains unused to this day.

When the whole thing started more than a year ago, Larry Wosick, the bowling alley’s new owner, wanted to provide a wholesome family atmosphere when he remodeled and then reopened the bowling alley that had sat vacant for several years.

Jeff Mason, the manager of Main Street Bowl, said the facility provides something for every member of the family, regardless of their age.

The adults can relax in the full-service Keg and the Elephant bar that features a lodge-like feel, a large stone fireplace with a huge log mantle, a shuffleboard area, a pool table, a PGA golf game, four televisions and an Internet juke box that can download virtually any song that’s ever been recorded. Once or twice a month the bar features live entertainment by some of the best musicians in the region.

“People tell me it’s a nice place to meet, have a bite and enjoy a glass of wine,” Mason said.

The restaurant features food Mason said is “a step above the rest.” He said the restaurant prides itself on using only the tastiest and freshest ingredients. Michelle Morris currently holds down the head cook duties.

“Our pizza and our hamburgers are great,” Mason said without reservation.

Of course, no bowling alley would be complete with the lanes themselves. Main Street Bowl features 10 refurbished lanes.

Mason noted no one has bowled a perfect game so far — “We haven’t had one in the house yet,” — but Sharon Roberts bowled a 277 to top the female scorers. Bill Sweeney, from the Special Olympics program threw a 251 to lead the men.

Monday through Thursday are league nights at Main Street Bowl, and Mason said the turnout has been good.

“We want to say thank you to all the participants,” Mason said. “We’re very pleased the community got behind us.”

Mason said the bowling alley’s commitment to the community is a two-way street.

“The bowling alley gives the community somewhere else to consider when they’re making plans,” Mason said. “We appreciate the community’s support. We need Susanville, and I think Susanville needs us.”

Mason was proud of the bowling alley’s record of supporting the community.

He said special needs and elderly students from Lassen Community College regularly use the bowling alley. It’s the home base for training for the Lassen County Special Olympics.

The bowling alley also hosts a Summer Kids Camp where for $15 kids get three games, $5 in game tokens and lunch to go along with some basic bowling lessons to help the youngsters improve their games.

They also sponsored a Firefighters Tournament and are active sponsors in the Save Our Music program for Janesville School. Parents and faculty members can donate $20 to the music program at Janesville School and receive an hour of lane rental. The donation does not cover shoe rental. Save Our Music bowling is available all day on Sundays.

In addition, the bowling alley holds an annual fundraiser for the Relay For Life, where the bowling alley donates a portion of the shoe rental to the cancer fighting cause. Last year, the bowling alley sponsored a DJ for the entire evening for the Relay for Life supporters.

“We’re a family fun center,” Mason said. “We’re very family oriented. We provide a place for teens to go and get out of the cold and meet their friends where it’s safe and fun. We believe the bowling alley is something the community needed.”

So, if you’re out and about this weekend and looking for something to do, try out Main Street Bowl and help them celebrate their first anniversary.