Pinheads is Turning Heads with New Makeover
Writer / Janet C. Striebel . Photographer / Brian Brosmer
If you’ve ever been to Pinheads Recreational Center in the past, then you probably recall how this bowling paradise catered mainly to kids, but not anymore. This new establishment focuses on “family” and “Mom and Dad” with its new agenda such as swapping the kids play area for a multipurpose banquet facility and introducing a “casual-upscale” wine and dine restaurant. Instead of primary colors, visitors will admire the cozy and rustic charm of the new décor.
Although families may visit Pinheads to bowl a game or two, with all the changes of the current remodel, Mom and Dad may opt to get a babysitter to escape. They can now enjoy a relaxing dinner together or a splendid food tasting event paired with wine at Pinheads. Not a big wine drinker? Pinheads also supports local Indiana breweries with their craft beer selection.
“We pride ourselves in giving topnotch service to all of our customers,” says Kevin Walter, the chief operating officer of Pinheads. “When compared to similar facilities in greater Indianapolis, we’re No. 1 in customer service reviews. Out of over 700 Groupon reviews, we average 97 percent in customer satisfaction.”
Pinheads doesn’t stop their service at games. They offer food made from scratch with two certified chefs onsite to oversee the kitchen. And don’t expect the typical nachos from a concession stand. Pinheads offers upscale pub food including fresh appetizers, hand-patted burgers and hand-stretched dough for pizza.
The large facility features 32 bowling lanes and two private suites that have their own lanes. And kids will love the updated game area, which features new prizes. In the summer people can enjoy four sand volleyball courts, which are lighted for evening play. Pinheads also offers volleyball leagues in the summer. If you will be watching friends play, there is a place for you at the observation deck that is home to Toucan’s Tiki Hut. The bar features two large TVs for people to enjoy between games.
Walter is especially excited about the new restaurant formerly known as Louie’s. This new space will have a stone wrap on the exterior façade and will serve the highest quality of food. Its new rebranded name will be announced in the spring. He says, “If you haven’t been to Pinheads for a while then you should come back in and check it out.”
Pinheads provides open bowling on Fridays and Saturdays, featuring a DJ host and prize giveaways from 7 – 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday they offer league bowling after 5:30 p.m. For the budget-minded, you can bowl for only $1.00 per game after 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, excluding holiday breaks.
Pinheads will host a Wine & Canvas event on Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day, complete with a chef-prepared dinner for two. Register through wineandcanvas.com to reserve a spot.
Go to BowlAtPinheads.com to learn more or to make your reservations.
HOURS OF OPERATION
11 a.m. – 11 p.m. Monday-Thursday
11 a.m. – 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday
11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Sunday
Located off SR 37 between 135th and 141st Streets, next to the Fisher’s Honda Store.