AMF Lanes/ Rooters closed for good
Only Bowlero and West locations remain open

By Sarah Pryor - Freeman Staff

July 1, 2014

A worker paints the boards covering the doors to the former AMF Waukesha Lanes/Rooters Nightclub Monday morning after the bowling center abruptly closed over the weekend. 
Charles Auer/Freeman Staff

WAUKESHA — Bowlers and music lovers were shocked Sunday to learn that AMF Waukesha Lanes / Rooters Nightclub on Northview Road has shut its doors for good.

“As of today June 29, AMF Waukesha and Rooters Night Club is closed permanently,” states a post on Rooters’ Facebook page. The post offers no further explanation, and a man who answered the phone there Monday said he could only say that Bowlero and West Lanes are the only AMF locations still open in the Milwaukee market.

AMF Bowling Centers merged with New Yorkbased Bowlmor last summer, making the new company, known as Bowlmor AMF, the largest operator of bowling centers in the world with 7,500 employees, 272 bowling centers and combined annual revenue of approximately $450 million, according to a July 1, 2013 press release on Bowlmor’s website.

Prior to that, AMF had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Representatives at Bowlmor didn’t return multiple calls seeking comment Monday.

More than 100 people had “shared” Rooters’ Facebook post about the closure, and dozens had commented on it seeking more information Monday evening.

The page administrator didn’t respond to questions, other than to say the closure had nothing to do with the failed “Rockesha” concert held on the Expo Center grounds across the street earlier this month.

The nightclub also changed ownership last year.

Rooters’ website,, simply has a “Sorry, we’re closed” sign posted on its main page.