2 MORE CENTERS CLOSE; CALIFORNIA CENTERS FIGHT FOR SURVIVAL

* Ronnie Belletieri has closed Strikes in Boca Raton, Fla., ending that center’s 40-year run and his own three decades with the business. He blamed the prolonged shutdown caused by the pandemic, combined with a dispute with the owner of the building that houses the center. But he told CBS-12 that he’ll be back in the bowling business. “I’m going to do something in the future, he said. “I’m just waiting for this pandemic to go away, [and] I’m looking at properties as we speak.”Bowlero Corp. has decided that it will not reopen AMF Smithtown Lanes in the Long Island community of Smithtown, N.Y.

* Bowlero Corp. has decided that it will not reopen AMF Smithtown Lanes in the Long Island community of Smithtown, N.Y.

* Like so many bowling centers in California, historic Bel Mateo Bowl in the San Francisco Bay Area community of San Mateo is fighting for survival because of a prolonged shutdown mandated by Governor Gavin Newsom. To help the owners and its 30 employees ride it out, a GoFundMe (https://www.gofundme.com/f/save-bel-mateo-bowl) effort has been initiated. Bel Mateo Bowl is one of the centers formerly owned by the late Rex Golobic, a past President of the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America.

* The plight of centers in Southern California caught the attention of KABC television in Los Angeles, which interviewed proprietor Will Mossontte of Empire Bowl in Redlands and two of that center’s employees, who made the case that bowling centers could operate safely. View the report here: https://abc7.com/bowling-alley-covid-19-coronavirus-shut-down/6416517/.

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