COVID CLOSURE CLAIMS OREGON’S KELLOGG BOWL

The closing of one bowling center is no more or less saddening than the closing of another. But that doesn’t make the news any more palatable when it involves one of the sport’s iconic families — in this case, the Husteds.

In a Facebook post, Champ Husted, along with co-owner Bill Oetken and General Manager Roxanne Oetken, announced the “permanent closure” of Kellogg Bowl in Milwaukie, Ore., ending the center’s 58-year run.

“It has been a very difficult decision,” the post read. “A business cannot endure 10-12 months of closure and be expected to survive. We cannot say that we did not try.”

The post continued: “Your support and friendship through the years has been the heart of Kellogg Bowl. We will shed tears and share lots of memories. We appreciate each and every one of you and look forward to seeing you continue to enjoy this incredible sport and support the centers that do survive this unprecedented pandemic. Thank you to everyone who has made Kellogg their home. We will miss you.”

The plight of the Husted family’s other center in suburban Portland, Milwaukie Bowl, is chronicled in BCM’s November cover story.

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