When the levee… opens

by Bob Johnson 0

We’re not sure why a Led Zeppelin song keeps running through our mind, but a new boutique bowling center is scheduled to open April 23 in Newport, Ky.

Star Lanes on the Levee, to be operated by boutique center specialist Lucky Strike Entertainment, will be a part of the city’s Newport on the Levee development, and will encompass 24,640 square feet of space. The facility will include a dozen “public” lanes, along with four additional lanes housed in a private party room.

Star Lanes will share a full-service restaurant with an adjacent entertainment facility dubbed Toro. Both Star Lanes and Toro will be open to all ages during the day, then switch to a 21-and-over nightclub atmosphere at night.

Among Toro’s entertainment offerings will be a mechanical bull.

Newport on the Levee is an entertainment and shopping complex with more than three dozen businesses, including such familiar national brands as GameWorks, AMC Theatres, Cold Stone Creamery, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, and Johnny Rockets.

Star Lanes is the first bowling boutique in the greater Cincinnati/northern Kentucky area, and the 19th in the growing Lucky Strike empire.

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.