Sarasota Lanes, located at 2250 Fruitville Road, first opened its doors for business under former proprietor Bernie Levkoff on Aug. 1, 1958, and the longest operating bowling center in the area will officially celebrate 57 years of operation on Sunday (Aug. 2).
From 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, all customers will be treated to games of bowling for the special “celebratory” price of 57 cents.
The center has operated with 36 lane beds for all but the first year of operation. Levkoff opened with 24 lanes and added 12 more lanes less than a year later. In a friendly “race” to open first, Sarasota Lanes beat the now-defunct Rip Van Winkle Lanes, which opened about a week later.
After more than two decades in the bowling business, Levkoff sold the business to Dick Hubbard Jr. in 1979, and although Hubbard died at the age of 91 in 2011, the center is still operated by the Hubbard family.
To visit the Sarasota Lanes Web site, click here. And to read an atombash.com report on the first 55 years of the center’s history, click here to access an Aug. 4, 2013 article.
AMF bowling centers to conduct a Fall League Open House next weekend
Each of the area AMF bowling centers — in Bradenton, Venice and Sarasota Gulf Gate — have scheduled a Fall League Open House for the upcoming weekend.
AMF Bradenton will have its open house on Saturday, Aug. 1, beginning at 2 p.m., while AMF Gulf Gate will have theirs from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2, and the AMF Venice program will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday.
The open houses are being held to enable bowlers and prospective bowlers to learn all about the upcoming fall-winter league options, and the events will include two hours of bowling, drink specials and more.
For additional information, you may contact the respective centers by calling: AMF Bradenton at 758-8838, AMF Gulf Gate at 921-4447 and AMF Venice at 484-0666.
AMF Gulf Gate plans competitive, big-money Thursday night league
It’s referred to as “The Invitational” on the promotional flyer, and AMF Gulf Gate Lanes is promoting it as a competitive, big-money league to be held on Thursday nights during the upcoming fall-winter league season.
The estimated prize fund — based on 20 five-player teams — is $60,000, and the weekly fees will be $25 a week over a 35-week season that will feature a split-season schedule.
The league organizational meeting is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 6, with competition tentatively scheduled to begin the following week (Aug. 13).
A modified house shot will be utilized, and extra features will include brackets and doubles competition. For additional information, contact Gary Gooch at (941) 921-4447 or Saul Insignares at (941) 586-3647.
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