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Local bowling alley adjusts for pandemic, bringing fun to the community

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WATERLOO, Iowa (KWWL) - Cadillac Xtreme Bowling Center has been doing what they can to keep people entertained while staying safe.

The business has closed its doors a few times throughout the pandemic, but the bowling alley is still getting customers.

“I bowl twice a week, once on Tuesday nights, and then on Thursday mornings," bowler Emilea Waller said, "It was very hard when they closed because that took out something that was a part of my week.”

For some bowlers, it's a place that feels like home. It's somewhere you can meet up with friends and family and have fun, while of course being competitive.

“It was something that I looked forward to, and so it was very hard, and it was actually kind of depressing," Waller said.

Now, with extra safety precautions, Cadillac XBC is able to function in a somewhat normal way.

“Masks are required while you’re in the building, and we try to space everyone out, and when we’re able to, we’ll put empty lanes in between each party," General Manager Ryan Wilson said.

Extra cleaning is needed to be done because nearly everything in the business will be touched at some point. From bowling balls and shoes, to arcade games and tables.

“We sanitize and clean the down area, the tables that they use. We have them keep the bowling balls on the rack so we spray out the holes and spray those down extra well. Just stepped up our cleaning in every way," Wilson said.

The bowling alley has been back and forth with the amount of customers that have been coming in to play. Leagues are still meeting, but there is usually less of a crowd than there used to be for open bowl.

Wilson expects there to be even more customers now, during the winter, because it is cold outside. Cadillac XBC offers arcade games, and even a virtual reality experience in addition to bowling.

Moving forward, the business is ready to take on whatever the future may bring.

“Hopefully the pandemic is calmed down a little bit, and there won’t be as many restrictions, but if there are, we'll be ready for them," Wilson said.

The loyal patrons of Cadillac XBC have been supportive of the safety procedures the bowling alley has needed to put in place.

The owners of Cadillac XBC also own Maple Lanes, which burned down in February of last year. They hope to have construction completed at Maple Lanes by summer 2021.

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Diego Hernandez

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