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Delano Lanes owners add energy, excitement
Aug. 27, 2012
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Bowlers wanted; leagues start next week

By Starrla Cray
Staff Writer

DELANO, MN – Whether one prefers listening to live bands, bowling with friends, enjoying a tasty meal, or relaxing with a cold drink, Delano Lanes and Entertainment Center aims to please.

“We’re happy to be here,” said Lindsey Emery, who owns the center with her husband, Doug.

This fall, the couple will be celebrating their first year in business, along with their first wedding anniversary.

“We actually got married here,” Lindsey said, adding that the business opened Oct. 26, followed by their wedding Nov. 11.

Lindsey began working at the bowling alley and entertainment center on Highway 12 five years ago. At that time, it was known as Doc Holiday’s.

It was there that she met Doug, a native of Watertown.

Lindsey said she saw potential in the restaurant, bar, and bowling alley, and knew she’d like to own it someday.

When the opportunity arose, she and Doug were ready to make the investment.

Their first improvements were to the bowling alley.

“We put in all new bumpers and gutters, and repainted everything,” Lindsey said.

Bowling leagues for all ages and skill levels start shortly after Labor Day.

“We’re looking for people for every league,” Lindsey said, adding that one doesn’t have to be a serious bowler to join. “It’s not about the bowling as much as being with friends.”

Moonlight bowling (on Fridays), as well as open bowling, are other ways to spend some time at Delano Lanes.

For those who’d rather dance than bowl, Delano Lanes offers plenty of opportunities.

“We have live music every Saturday,” Lindsey said, adding that Fridays feature a DJ and karaoke.

Once a month, weather permitting, bands perform outdoors.

The Emerys hope to utilize their space, inside and out, to give customers the best possible experience.

Future plans include outdoor games (such as volleyball, ladder golf, beanbags, and horseshoes) and a picnic area.

“We just want to be really family friendly,” Lindsey said.

Doug, who owns a landscaping company, plans to brighten the area with plants.

Cooking and bartending are also ways Doug serves at Delano Lanes.

The restaurant features an American-style menu, with burgers, sandwiches, wraps, salads, appetizers, baskets, and homemade soups.

“All our beef and cheese is from Rieder Meat Market,” Lindsey said. “We love them; they’re so easy to work with.”

Delano Lanes and Entertainment Center (429 Babcock Blvd.) is open every day, from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.

To learn more, call (763) 972-3344 or e-mail delanolanes@yahoo.com.

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