By Mike Harris
After months of being shut down because of the COVID-19 virus, Rim Bowling & Entertainment Center located along Lake Drive in Crestline reopens for business today.
“We open Thursday, July 1, and everything will be back just the way it used to be,” said Jody Glaviano, owner of Rim Bowling. “Bowling is back, pizzas are back and our games are back.”
Glaviano said she and her husband, Joseph, really struggled with the issue of somehow staying open during the pandemic, even when the restrictions slowly began to ease. But the numbers didn’t work out.
“We waited so we didn’t have to play the game,” she said. “It was too ridiculous to try to operate at half capacity. We wanted it so we could all be comfortable.”
Glaviano said she wanted to reopen operations in a convenient manner for everyone.
“Like a lot of other businesses, we will be short-staffed to start, so have patience with us,” she added.
The new operating times will be Thursday through Monday, from noon to 9 p.m.
“And yes, the leagues will be back,” she said. “We will have one short summer warm-up league, and the league will meet Thursday nights starting at 7 p.m. for eight weeks.”
Glaviano said she heard from many of her customers during the shutdown.
“We have heard from just about everyone – they can’t wait to come back,” she added. “We even heard from a few people from down the hill. They want to get started again.”
Most people’s bowling balls are still in their lockers, she said, just waiting for their bowlers to return.
Giuseppe’s Italian Pizzeria will also be back, serving customers freshly made pizza.
And the bar will be back as well, Glaviano said.
“We offer a full bar for our bowlers,” she said.
And Rim Bowling’s games are will be available to enjoy.
“Yes, the games area will be back,” she said. “We’ve been making sure everything is working well.”
Glaviano said Rim Bowling again will be able to serve those interested in holding private events.
“Birthday parties, corporate events, fundraising and wedding rehearsal dinners – we will be available for all private events,” she added.
In the fall Rim Bowling will go to regular winter leagues, operating through May.
“I want to say thank you to the community for hanging in there for us,” she said. “All of this (the impact of the COVID-19 virus) has been so crazy and everyone has been patient.”