Bowling while they can

Tiffany and Che Davis from Redlands enjoy a bowling game Friday before the second shutdown of Empire Bowl. They come regularly.

Empire Bowl, 940 W. Colton Ave., Redlands, is ready to welcome back local bowlers.

“We reopened on April 1,” said manager Wayne Phelps. “It was a soft opening with just bowling. We had about 40 people that day. Once the county moved into the Orange Tier, we opened up the bar and cafe. We added time slots now that word has gotten out. We are operating at 25 percent capacity using every other lane.”

Phelps said staff thoroughly cleans every contact spot for guests.

“We use a specific cleaner made just for bowling balls,” he said. “We spray into the holes after each session. Couches, keypads, tables and chairs are disinfected between sessions. We also spray at night after we close and in the morning with an electromagnetic sprayer. We clean all areas guests would touch.”

Cosmic bowling returned on Friday, April 23. For two hours, guests can watch music videos and bowl under colored disco lights.

“Our league bowlers are excited to come back,” said Phelps. “We had customers calling to check on us when we were closed. They thanked us for steering the course instead of closing for good like a lot of other small businesses. Everyone has been glad to see us open. It has been positive.”

Phelps said reservations are required to bowl, which are made on Empire Bowl's website, empirebowl.com.

“Reservations only go a week out right now, but eventually, we will expand it to two weeks,” he said. “We are excited to welcome back bowlers from Redlands and beyond.”

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