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Westchester Lanes bought by Seven Peaks group

Updated: August 20, 2013 6:46AM



This Saturday was supposed to be the last day Westchester Lanes in Chesterton would be open.

July 20 was the day Evelyn Ello, who owned the 16-lane bowling center for seven years with her husband Tony, said the business’ last event would be held.

Turns out the bowling center has not seen its last days, after all.

Seven Peaks, which owns the water park formerly known as Splash Down Dunes on U.S. 20 about a mile north of Westchester Lanes, agreed to buy Westchester from the Ellos earlier this week and will reopen it soon, according to Seven Peaks general manager and spokesman Matt Phair.

“It will be temporarily closed for renovations, but will open rather quickly,” he said.

It’s not the only bowling center Seven Peaks owns. The company runs two other water parks and three family fun centers in Utah, its home state, and one of those fun centers has several bowling lanes.

“We plan on being here in the Duneland community for a long time,” Phair said. “I saw in an article in the (Post-Tribune) that they were closing, and seeing as Westchester has been here a long time, we wanted to keep it open for the community.”

Phair said that because of Seven Peaks’ theme at all of its facilities, the bowling center (which may or may not keep the Westchester name) will definitely be a family fun center with a restaurant and arcade. As for leagues, there will be meetings with league bowlers in the next couple weeks to determine if they will return to the new center.

Two other certainties, according to Phair: Like the water park, it will be closed on Sundays, and there will not be a bar/lounge since the ownership group is Mormon.

“Being closed on Sunday isn’t just because of religion,” Phair said. “The owners feel the employees should all have that day off to spend with their families.”



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