All Star gets a makeover

The casino at All Star Lanes looks like new after the recent $120,000 remodel which added a full-service bar.

Casino patrons now have a large bar to sit at upstairs whether it’s to shoot the breeze or have a drink or two before or after hitting the tables. Not only was the new bar included in the remodel, but an additional poker table was added as well as new mirrors, lighting and paint.

“It needed it, it looked like a hotel lobby before,” said Tom Meyers, who owns All Star Lanes & Casino with his wife Laurie. “It’s been real nice and has increased business.”

Gamblers now have a choice of four poker tables and nine gaming tables. Limits on the tables also have been raised to $200. The new bar is complete with draft beer and pull tabs.

“Customers like (the new bar),” Meyers said. “It’s been a very positive response and gets used pretty heavily ... Before it was just a service bar and the girls would have to go in the back and make the drinks.”

And with a new bar comes new specials including $1 beers and well drinks on Wednesdays, but only at the upstairs bar. And everyday $10 match play coupons are offered upstairs and $20 match play coupons on Tuesdays. Meyers adds that he has seen a lot more people going to the upstairs bar instead of the one on the main floor.

“A lot of bowlers will come up here after bowling,” he said.

To celebrate the remodel, the Meyers are planning a grand reopening event on Saturday, Oct. 1. Joey Dean will be performing in the casino beginning in the evening. The Coors Light twins and Budweiser girls will be dropping by for a visit from 6-10 p.m. that night. There also will be plenty of free giveaways to local stores.

But the Meyers aren’t done with the remodeling just yet.

Not only have they repainted the outside of the building, but they are planning a $40,000 remodel of the bar on the main floor.

“It needs it, it’s been a long time,” Meyers said.

Remodeling of the downstairs bar is scheduled to start Monday, Sept. 26. It will be closed that day and will reopen the next evening on Tuesday, Sept. 27. To give the bar a little more bowling-alley flavor, Meyers is going to have synthetic bowling lane material installed on the tabletops and bar. Black lights also will be installed and will make the table tops glow. New seats will be added and there are plans to redo the back of the bar. Meyers expects the construction to take four to eight weeks before it is completed.

“It will be nice,” he said.

The 20-year-old building has seen a few remodels in the past including one to the bowling alley and restaurant in 2001 which cost more than $1 million, according to Meyers. He also opened an espresso stand in the parking lot about a year ago.

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