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Westchester Lanes bought by waterpark owner

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By KEVIN NEVERS

Westchester Lanes--whose last day of operation under Tony and Evelyn Ello is Saturday--won’t be closed long.

Seven Peaks, the owner of the old Splash Down Dunes water park in Porter--as well as of two water parks and three fun centers in Utah--has purchased the bowling alley from the Elloes.

Seven Peaks spokesman Matt Phair told the Chesterton Tribune that the deal for Westchester Lanes was struck over the weekend.

The bowling alley will be closed temporarily--and briefly--Phair said, so that some “cosmetic rennovations” can be made. But it will re-open under Seven Peaks management “in the near future, the next few weeks.”

Details are being hammered out now, Phair added: the bowling alley’s new name and its hours of operation, for instance. Current employees are also being interviewed for jobs at the facility and the Elloes are being consulted about a “few minor things.”

Seven Peaks intends to retain the restaurant and arcade but there hasn’t yet been a “100-percent decision made” about the bar. “We intend to run this as a family bowling fun center with a restaurant,” Phair said.

Eventually, Seven Peaks will include the bowling alley on its Pass of All Passes Chicagoland, which includes access to Seven Peaks Waterpark Duneland, the SouthShore RailCats, Zao Island, the Washington Park Zoo, Chippewa Bowl in South Bend, and a number of Chicago teams like the Fire, the Sky, and Wolves.

The Westchester Lanes facility will be the second bowling alley in the Seven Peaks portfolio, Phair noted. The Seven Peaks fun center in Sandy, Utah, also features an alley.

 

 

Posted 7/16/2013