It’s the end of an era in bowling, with the exit of the Caprise family from the industry.

Frank Caprise Sr. built and opened Sheridan Lanes in Mineola on Long Island, N.Y., in August of 1940. The family’s flagship bowling center continues to operate today under the management of Bowlmor AMF.

Over the years, three generations of Caprise family members have been involved in the bowling business. Frank Jr. and Michael operated Sheridan Lanes, followed by Frank III, John and Peter. The family expanded its bowling involvement by acquiring and operating eight bowling centers in New York, Florida and Arizona

In the mid-1990s, they sold their centers to AMF and other proprietors while remaining the landlord for several properties. Recently, the real estate in Mineola was sold to Bowlmor AMF, thus signaling the Caprise family’s exit from the industry.

Frank Caprise Sr. received BPAA’s highest honor, the Victor Lerner Memorial Medal, in 1991. He passed away in 2006 at age 91.

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