Bowling. kitchen. beer. cocktails.
Located on the beautiful Oregon Coast in Lincoln City, this historic bowling alley has been a community staple since the late 1930s.
Ethan Granberg and Danelle Lochrie (Hearth & Table) have renovated the bowling lanes and kitchen, and offer a menu featuring thoughtfully-crafted comfort food made from the best locally-sourced ingredients.
316 SE Highway 101
Lincoln City, OR 97367
Tuesday - Saturday
11 AM - 9:30 PM
Bowling AND RESERVATIONS
Lanes are $25 per lane per hour
(up to 6 bowlers a lane)
Matinee Pricing: $20 per lane per hour (Tuesday-Thursday from 11 am - 4 pm)
NEW BY-THE-GAME OPTION: $4 per Game (TUESDAY-SATURDAY FROM 11 AM - 4 PM)
Shoe rentals: $3 per pair (bowling shoes must be worn on the lanes and socks are required. Socks are available for purchase.)
Call 541.614.1650 to make reservations for bowling lanes. minimum- 2 laneS for 2 hours. Deposit required. Reservations must be made at least 24 hours in advance with a 24 hour cAncellation policy.
Meet the Man Behind the Machines!
Steven Leiper, Olde Line Lanes & Kitchen's Bowling Mechanic
When he was 14 years old, Steven’s grandmother took him to the 44th Center in Long Beach, California, where he got “real good” at bowling, later working as their pin chaser. She’d take him to Green Stamp Bowling, in particular, where you could win 1 million green stamps for every strike after the first 3 strikes. That day, Steven won his grandmother 7 million green stamps. She wasn’t the only one who was elated at this newfound passion.
Since his father was a Naval Commander, they moved almost every year. One move relocated the family from Nebraska to Walla Walla, Oregon, where Steven went to high school, eventually earning a football scholarship to Jesuit Whitman College, where he studied organic chemistry.
In the 1970s, he moved to Michigan, where he took a 3 week AMF teaching mechanic course. He went on to teach for AMF in Seattle and installed AMF and Brunswick machines in Montana, Utah, California and Maine.
With a bowling career that spans 40-50 years and includes awards such as Second Place in the U.S. Open in 1974, Bowler of the Year in Idaho, Washington and Montana, Highest 800-series in Washington, Steven’s stories are peppered with details concerning greats such as Gil Seacrest, “the best spare shooter in the league.”
He got to witness legendary Earl Anthony before he became the smooth, confident, in-control Earl Anthony the world admired for the next 30 years when Steven bowled against him in a tournament in 1969, and, as he said, “smashed him.” Steven Leiper’s stories are colorful and startlingly clear in the retelling— it was as if it were just yesterday, as real as the heft of the competition rings he won.
When asked about the condition of the bowling machines at Olde Line Lanes, which are from the late 60s and are well “past the age of death,” Steven said, “With 20 years of dirt, wear and tear on the machines, there’s a cascading set of problems. The AMF 82-70 from 1963 is not 100% foolproof since it is made of random moving objects that move differently.” Also, the fact that these machines are from a different era mechanically means that today’s polyurethane bowling ball can’t be picked up as easily. These are just a few of the considerations confronting him as he meticulously rebuilds each of the 8 machines on the lanes— an ongoing process that may take months to complete. Still, the state of the lanes today is a vast improvement over their condition when Steven first walked into the bowling alley decades ago. Working to preserve these machines is a worthwhile endeavor because, as Steven says, “The disposition of this place is remarkable.”
Steven believes bowling is making a comeback, partly due to people “searching for what they think is the good times— mom and dad bowling—fun!— with a pitcher of beer and pizza. Dad would try to teach mom; mom would say, ‘Don’t tell me how to bowl‘ and she’d throw a strike. It’s a family sport. What other sport can you really do with the whole family? If bowling kept up with inflation, it would be $12 a game. Instead, you can bowl almost 8 games in an hour, which makes it $3 a game- pretty affordable.” As he says, “The nostalgia craze will rekindle people’s desire to bowl. It’s fun, safe, reasonably priced entertainment. Try to take your family and do anything for $25.”
When asked about the “magic” in bowling, he replied, “The ease of use. You don’t have to own any equipment.” Coming from where he’s coming from Steven would also probably characterize bowling’s challenges (mastering fine motor skills and precise hand-eye-coordination among constantly changing conditions such as an increase in humidity or oil on the lanes affecting a ball’s trajectory) as the same kind of stuff life’s challenges are made of—a compelling game requiring precise adjustment to these things we cannot control. Not a bad way to roll. Steven Leiper is a master at it.