“I’ve spent more time in this building than anywhere else,” said Hohnstein, the sound of bowling pins clashing behind him.
There is no shortage of bowling alleys in Boise, Hohnstein added, and any of them can be a "home away from home" for regular visitors.
“We know at least 80 percent of our clients by first name and we also know what’s going on in their lives," he said. "There has been overwhelming support from the community since the news [of the closure] broke.”
- Elizabeth Findley
- The Hohnstein family has operated 20th Century Lanes for 57 years.
"The news is very sudden and still seems surreal," 20th Century Lanes wrote on Facebook, "but unfortunately it is true."
Operators of the incoming skating rink and fun center, Scott and Tammy Stevens, of Seattle, said they've been looking for the right location for two years.
"We were in the right place at the right time," said Scott Stevens.
Their initial plans didn't include refurbishing a bowling alley, he said, but the State Street location worked well because the building structure has few exposed interior pillars. The Stevenses plan to open Treasure Valley Skate in November.
“And we still want to hold the same values as the 20th Century Lanes," Stevens added. "We want to be community- and youth-driven.”
20th Century Lanes will remain open until Friday, June 30, when Hohnstein will host a final round strikes and gutters.