Most bowling fans know Dave Husted as a champion bowler, and a member of both the PBA and USBC Halls of Fame. But he’s also a third-generation proprietor, known for operating bowler-friendly and family-friendly facilities in suburban Portland, Ore.

Last Saturday, bowlers gathered outside the Husted family’s Milwaukie Bowl and five other centers in the Portland area to demonstrate their support for allowing those centers to be reopened nearly seven months after they were forced to close by the state of Oregon due to the coronavirus pandemic.

At present, centers in Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas counties remain closed, grouped in a business category that includes amusement parks, movie theaters and swimming pools.

“The thing that’s really hard to swallow is we’ve really done nothing wrong,” Husted told The Bulletin newspaper. “If I made a bad business decision, it would be on us. But we’ve done nothing wrong. I don’t know why some restaurants and gymnasiums can be open and bowling centers can’t. It’s just very frustrating, and the other thing that’s frustrating is there is zero communication from anybody.”

Two centers in metropolitan Portland, Wilsonville Lanes and Punch Bowl Social, already have closed permanently.

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