New centers on the way

by Bob Johnson 0

New bowling-based businesses — one primarily a bar/restaurant, the other with a more family-friendly atmosphere, are coming to communities in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, as BJI’s eBowler reported today…

• The cyclical nature of the bowling business continues to trend toward smaller centers, often as part of high-end restaurant and bar operations. The latest community eyed for such a facility is Nutley, N.J., where Jim Grueter would like to open Jim Dandy’s II, to include a dozen bowling lanes. has the full story (

• The official grand opening of Revolutions — a bowling-based, family-friendly entertainment center at Saucon Valley Square in Lower Saucon Township, Pa. — is set for next Thursday (Jan. 24). The facility fills a space formerly occupied by a Regal Cinemas complex, and includes 20 bowling lanes, billiards, shuffleboard, an arcade and a full-service restaurant. Revolutions’ liquor license is pending. For more on the new center, click here (


Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson has received more national writing awards than any other bowling writer — close to 70 over the course of his 40-year career. He began at age 16 as a staff writer and then assistant editor for the weekly Pacific Bowler newspaper in his native California, and within three years was writing feature stories for Bowlers Journal. He has written for the magazine ever since, except for a five-year span when he was hired as the founding editor of another magazine. He moved to Chicago in 2000 and spent 13 years in the Windy City, including five as Bowlers Journal’s Editor. In 1975, Johnson received the Robert E. Kennedy Award as California’s top undergraduate high school journalist. Five years earlier, on the lanes, he had shared the Bantam Division Doubles championship in the Orange County Junior Bowling Association Championships. Today, he continues to work full-time for Bowlers Journal as its Senior Editor, to write his popular “Strikes Me” column, and to edit Luby Publishing Inc.’s weekly business-to-business Cyber Report.