Local bowling alley has new name, owners


HUNTINGBURG — The bowling alley in Huntingburg has a new name and new owners.

On Sunday, new owners Eric and Carrie Boerner opened Legendary Lanes to the public. The only change that will be noticed by those who frequent the bowling alley at 104 E.13th St. is the sign.

“We’ve done a lot of cleaning and sanitizing. But the bowling alley looks the same,” Carrie said. “We need to make a little bit more money to do any add-ons and such.”

The bowling alley was operating as Breakaway Lanes & Rec until the state ordered in mid-March that facilities close because of the coronavirus. During the closure, former owners, Don and Jane Jenkins, officially retired. But discussions about the Boerners taking over for the Jenkins had been happening before that.

“We’ve been in works with this for quite some time,” Carrie said. “I’ve been working out here for the last two years trying to get a feel for things. I wanted to learn as much as I could about how different it is now from what it was when I was growing up in here.”

Carrie grew up in Huntingburg and bowled at the bowling alley. “My grandmother was the manager here in the 1980s, and probably before that,” she said.

She and Eric lived in Mount Vernon and decided to move back to Carrie’s hometown a few years ago. They ran a lawn, landscaping and house remodeling service here.

The Boerners were interested in the bowling alley because they knew from experience how the place impacted the community. “We saw how bowling alleys can really be a nice place to go for families to get together and be together,” Carrie said. “I have great memories from here.”

The name Legendary Lanes came from local inspiration, Carrie explained.

“We thought about things like Raider Alley, but we have other schools that bowl here,” she said. “When the Southridge [football] team won state, their shirts said, ‘Be legendary.’ So we figured that’s still Huntingburg related, and locals would know what it means.”

So although it has a new name, the bowling alley has the same feel as before. People can still come in and buy a game or rent a lane by the hour. There are special rates for the leagues that come in to play.

Legendary Lanes is open from 1 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays and Sundays, from 1 p.m. to midnight on Fridays and 2 p.m. to midnight on Saturdays. It is closed on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

There is a Facebook page with updated information, and the bowling alley can be reached at 812-684-9190.

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