Run Lanes remains open for business as renovation is
Kenny Yoo/Special to The
WAUKESHA - The
thought of losing another bowling alley in Waukesha was
so upsetting to Sunset Bowl owner Mike Hoehnen that he
decided to purchase Fox Run Lanes when he saw the
building listed for sale.
He closed on the
purchase Sept. 8.
"I like the sport
and I didn't want to lose another center," Hoehnen said
of the purchase Monday. When Fracaro's was destroyed by
a fire on White Rock Avenue on Jan. 1, Hoehnen said his
gut told him that they would not be able to rebuild due
to the cost. The building will be razed.
He plans to
return Fox Run Lanes to a name he used to know it by -
Fox View Lanes, but with an added "X" for the name to be
Foxx View Lanes.
to the interior of the bowling center at 2440 W. Sunset
Drive are already underway. Hoehnen said he thinks Foxx
View Lanes was built around 1983. Sunset Bowl, 333 W.
Sunset Drive, has been around since the 1960s, but he
bought it in 1999.
Hoehnen said he
has been a bowler his whole life. He started working at
Brown Deer Lane, then worked at Sussex Bowl in the 1980s
and now his son runs the center. Hoehnen began working
at Sunset Bowl in 1994.
alley, AMF Lanes, was razed a few years ago on Northview
Road and in its place an industrial building was
Some of the work
that Hoehnen plans to do soon at Foxx View Lanes
includes a little interior facelift, such as making sure
the bathrooms meet current ADA requirements. Some
exterior work may also be done.
Hoehnen said he
thinks the two bowling centers, both which have bars
inside and serve food, can complement each other. Should
the lanes be all in use at one center, but not the
other, customers could be referred to the other
location. He also plans to promote events at each place
and if things work well at one of the bowling centers,
he may bring it to the other center.
Eric Pierson will
be the general manager at Foxx View Lanes. Hoehnen said
with running two bowling centers, he will try to divide
his time equally between them and will rely on his
managers for help as well.