By: Deanna Rebro | Category: Recreation/Leisure | Issue: March 2009
General manager Sharon Mooney says that bowling has been reinvented at Andy B’s Family Entertainment Center. Andy B’s offers traditional and VIB bowling, a game room, and an indoor go-kart track.
One of Tulsa’s landmark bowling centers has a new name and lots of new fun activities to go with it. The former Riverlanes Bowling Center, 8711 S. Lewis, is now Andy B’s Family Entertainment Center.
Owner Andy Bartholomy has nearly completed a two-year project that transformed the 70s-era building into a giant modern playground for the whole family to enjoy. Andy B’s is the only center in Oklahoma to offer both traditional bowling and “VIB” bowling, a game room, and an indoor go-kart track.
Other renovations include resurfacing of all 56 lanes, state-of-the-art scoring equipment, 65 big screen televisions throughout the center, and party rooms for private events.
Sharon Mooney, general manager and a 30-year veteran in the industry, describes bowling as “a different animal now.” There is a new interest in bowling and now families, not just individuals, are getting involved.
The idea behind Andy B’s is to provide a safe, fun, smoke-free environment that everyone can enjoy together at reasonable costs. Colorful lights capture the eye, while the sounds of pins knocking down, cheering and children laughing can be heard almost everywhere.
Forty traditional lanes are available for leagues, tournaments and open play by the game. Late-night bowlers can take advantage of special prices every night.
The new VIB (Very Important Bowler) section offers bowling by the hour, or rental for parties and corporate events. It features a 100-foot floor-to-ceiling video wall, 16 lanes with LED runway lights and couches for seating. Groups of 20 or more can rent a special glass suite.
Birthday parties in package form can be held in either the traditional or VIB lanes. Every party includes an Andy B’s party host to set up, clean and help make sure everyone has a great time.
The ticket game room features 47 arcade games that range from 5 and under to adult levels. One of the most popular games for all ages is “Deal or No Deal,” complete with banker.
An indoor go-kart track offers 22 go-karts in single, double and kid sizes. Both the game room and go-kart track use convenient swipe cards that are preloaded with a designated amount and then swiped like a debit card. There is no need for kids tocarry cash.
Another addition to Andy B’s is the Great Hall, a corporate center designed for meetings, banquets, wedding receptions, family reunions, and holiday and birthday parties. Andy B’s also offers team building seminars for corporate groups in the Great Hall. As many as 168 people can be accommodated in this private room tucked away from the entertainment area. Onsite catering is available, with a menu of classic, Hawaiian, Southwestern or Italian favorites.
“It’s fun to watch adults take care of serious business, enjoy a great meal, and then cut loose to bowl or run around in the go-karts,” says Sharon.
But even bowling can be taken seriously. Christina Holcomb, USBC professional bowling coach, offers private lessons by appointment. A special Andy B’s youth program, with Youth Director Chuck West and two youth coaches, helps provide children with the foundation to become tournament champions or maybe even pros.
Andy B’s also houses the largest pro shop in the state. On The Ball offers repair and adjustment services as well as balls, bags, shoes, clothing, accessories, and single and double roller carts.
Visit Andy B’s Family Entertainment Center, where Sharon says, “We’ve reinvented bowling.” Andy B’s is open Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to midnight, Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 2 a.m., and Sunday noon to midnight. Call (918) 299-9494 or visit www.andybtulsa.com for more information.
Deanna Rebro has worked in the publishing industry 30+ years, including eight years writing for Value News. She has also worked in real estate for the past six years. Deanna graduated from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio with a B.A. in Journalism. Outside of work, she serves as Vice President on the Board of Directors for Pet Adoption League. “Every story I write is a learning experience,” she said.