Suburbanite Bowl




October 1957
-Suburbanite Bowl opened for business with new construction on Ogden Avenue and Washington Street in Westmont, Illinois. The original building included 16 lanes of bowling, a full service restaurant, a bar and lounge with live entertainment and a billiard room with regulation pool tables. Bowling was 35 cents a game, shoe rentals were 15 cents and a beer cost 25 cents.

Locally Westmont’s population was 4,900. The land for Suburbanite Bowl off Ogden Avenue was swampland and there were no stop lights at the now major intersections. NE corner of Cass and Ogden was a 1000 acre polo horse farm and golfing range. Washington Street, Suburbanite's access road, was a gravel road.

Nationally, Eisenhower was the President. The Dodgers left Brooklyn, N.Y. for Los Angeles. Ducktail hair, permanent press clothing and sack dresses were the fashion trends. TV featured The Honeymooners, American Bandstand, Lawerence Welk and As The World Turns, a daytime soap. West Side Story and My Fair Lady were both hits and Pat Boone and Jimmy Stewart were movie stars. Elvis rocked with "Jail House Rock" on Ed Sullivan Show and the VW Beetle rolled on the streets. The Russians launched the first of a series of "Sputnik" space crafts and the "Hula Hoop" was enjoyed by millions of Americans.

  September 1959 - Eight lanes were added to bring the center to 24 lanes  
  July 1965 - Suburbanite's restaurant was replaced with a Billiard Room Expansion and Professional Bowler's Pro Shop  
  August 1972 - Eight lanes were added to bring the center to 32 lanes. Also included were modernizations from bench seating and score tables with stools to a fixed modular seating arrangement  
  October 1983 - Brunswick Automatic Scoring was installed. Wood decking was replaced by new composite lane materials, eliminating future resurfacing maintenance  
  June 1986 -  Building exterior renovation was completed  
  September 1997 - The introduction of Cosmic Bowl spotlighting rock and roll music and black lighting  
  December 1997 - Snack Shop opened with a café style seating area  
  June 2000 - Brunswick Frameworxs' Scorers and Frameworxs' System were implemented along with a new concourse, the latest in Bumper Bowling, Cosmic Laser Lighting and recognition for an Official PBA Practice Center  
  September 2001 - Updated website design with interactive features  
  May 2005 - Installation of Bose Music System with dedicated internet music downloads  
  November 2005 - Suburbanite renovates and redesigns its billiard and game room  
  July 2006 -  Suburbanite renovates the counter/service desk  
  July 2007- Suburbanite renovates the concourse and bowlers area  
  October 2007 - Suburbanite Bowl celebrates its 50th year rolling along  
  February 2008 - Suburbanite develops innovative, one of a kind masking unit across the center  
  July 2008 - Suburbanite redesigns the Party Room  
  September 2009 - Suburbanite redesigns the Cafe  
  October 2009 - Suburbanite Voted "Best of the West" Suburburban Living Magazine  
  August 2010 - Suburbanite made some big changes and we called it "Stadium Bowling"  
  August 2011 - World Record Free Bowling Day. Suburbanite bowlers rolled 2,523 games on August 6, 2011… one of the highest in the nation.  
  August 2011 - Bar counter upgrades and redesigns  
  May 2012 - Flat screen monitors installed - League record service updates  
  August 2012 - Suburbanite’s Free Bowling Day.  2,413 games were rolled.  
  September 2012 - New scoring graphics  
  April 2013 – Suburbanite begins conversion to LED and other energy efficient lighting throughout the Center.  
  June 2013 – updated landscape on west side  
  July 2013 – updated scoring system to the latest & greatest Brunswick has to offer
– Vector 6.  Suburbanite is the 3rd Center in the nation to have this fully upgraded system.
  August 2013– Brick enhancement on the building’s exterior  
  August 2013– New west side sky-lite awning installed  
  December 2013– Suburbanite hosts the 2013 Beat The Champs CSN TV Broadcast  
  August 2014– Suburbanite redesigns entryways and installs new entrance doors  
  January 2015 – Added Hue Lights over the lanes and on the concourse  
  July 2015 – Suburbanite Bowl designs a new Facebook page  
  August 2015 – Opened the re-invented "Suburban Nights Bar" with FREE Darts, 14' Shuffleboard Tabl and Foosball table. Now serving the coldest beer in town with Ten Taps. New LCD HDTVs and bose sound system.  
  September 2015 – introduced the Tillie Frank in Tillie’s Snack Shop… a bigger better dog  
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