Iowa Center Now Off Limits to Minors After 10 p.m.

by Bob Johnson 0

Minors can still visit Colonial Lanes in Iowa City, Iowa after 10 p.m. — but only if they are accompanied by a parent or guardian.

According to, the restriction was placed on the center after minors were served alcoholic beverages twice within a one-year period.

“We are not under the belief that Colonial Lanes is a den of underage drinking,” Assistant City Attorney Eric Goers said. “They [just] haven’t demonstrated that they are able to prevent underage patrons from securing alcohol there.”

The center could have continued to allow unescorted minors in the building after 10 o’clock, but that would have meant surrendering its liquor license. Now, the restriction on minors will be in place until at least 2019, Goers said.

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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.

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