Oelwein bowling alley closed until further notice

Oelwein’s bowling alley and it’s restaurant are closed until further notice, according social media posts by its owner.

“Okay here it is Viper Lanes and P.J.s Bar and Grill had major damage over the last couple days and is closed until further notice,” Dean Hendricks posted Tuesday on Facebook. “We currently have contractors here working on the issues and would appreciate if the public would not try to come in and look around. If you want your bowling equipment please contact me on Facebook to arrange a time to pick up. Please be patient with us we are going to try to get back open asap.”

A post from the business later Tuesday said everyone’s bowling equipment stored at the alley is fine.

Hendricks did not disclose the damage, but prior to this new damage the business had gotten a permit from the city to re-deck and coat a commercial roof.

Then, the Oelwein area received 1.4 inches of rain overnight Monday into Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.

On Wednesday morning, crew was working on the roof and was removing water from the restaurant side of the building.

Crews work on the roof Wednesday morning at Viper Lanes in Oelwein (above) and remove water (below) from the building. (Kerrie Kunkle photos)

The business had announced on Sunday that its restaurant would be closed until further notice. The kitchen has been dealing with “extreme heat” at times for months, according to multiple posts on the business’s Facebook page.

Viper Lanes has been a cornerstone of the Oelwein social scene for decades with adult and youth leagues. It is also host to various fundraisers and the Oelwein High School varsity bowling teams.

The bowling alley was built in 1957. Owners and operators Dean and Peggy Hendricks purchased it from Michael and Cynthia Wilharm more than a decade ago.


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