Some local bowling lanes spring back to life; more are on the way

Most Dayton-area bowling alleys have reopened following a forced shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, and a handful more are gearing up to open shortly, including Beaver-Vu Bowl in Beavercreek, which is poised to open today, Tuesday June 9.

A May 26 order from state health officials allowed bowling alleys and other general non-contact sports to resume operations beginning on May 26, and some did open as soon as they were legally allowed. One large family of local bowling centers reopened early last week, on or shortly after June 1.

>> Ruby Tuesday abruptly shuts down its 2nd Dayton-area restaurant in 9 weeks

Under the state’s order, bowling centers that open must follow several rules to help minimize the risk to bowlers and employees of bowling centers. Participants and spectators must maintain six-foot social distancing before, during, and after all events. All individuals must avoid physical contact with others, including high fives, huddles, or other close contact occurring before, during, and after events.  State officials recommend that, if possible, spectators should wear face coverings. They also recommend all individuals should avoid congregating in common spaces or parking lot before, during and after events.

>> More local restaurants — including some of our oldest and youngest — to reopen this week

Here’s a partial list of local bowling alleys and how they’ve responded to the state’s lifting of the ban.

-- Beaver-Vu Bowl, 1238 N. Fairfield Road in Beavercreek: Reopens at noon today, Tuesday June 9. Hours going forward will be noon to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, closed Sunday and Monday.

-- Capri Bowling Lanes, 2727 S. Dixie Drive in Kettering: Opened June 2. Open 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, closed Mondays.

-- Marian Lanes-Poelking, 6170 Brandt Pike in Huber Heights: Opened June 1. Hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

>> PHOTOS: Sneak peek inside Dayton's brand new distillery

-- Poelking Lanes, 1403 Wilmington Ave., Dayton: Opened June 1. Hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday, noon to 10 p.m. Monday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday, 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, and noon to midnight Friday and Saturday.

-- Poelking Lanes South, 8871 Kingsridge Drive, Miami Twp.: Open with hours of Monday 9 a.m. to noon for seniors only and noon to 10 p.m. for open bowling, noon to 10 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Thursday 9 a.m. to noon for seniors only and noon to 10 p.m. for open bowling, Friday and Saturday noon to midnight, and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday.

>> The Dayton area now has its very own honky-tonk saloon: Lov's Whiskey Barrel

-- Poelking Woodman Lanes, 3200 Woodman Drive in Kettering: Open with hours of noon to 10 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, 9 a.m. to noon for seniors only on Wednesday, noon to 10 p.m. Wednesday for open bowling, noon to 10 p.m. Thursday, 9 a.m. to midnight on Friday, noon to midnight on Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday.

-- Thunderbowl Lanes, 805 S. Main St., Englewood: Open with hours of 6 p.m. to midnight Monday through Friday (no open bowling between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday because of league play), noon to midnight Saturday, and noon to midnight Sunday, with about half the lanes available for open bowling on Sundays.

About the Author