The Brunswick Zone XL bowling alley along the Randall Road corridor in Algonquin is getting a new life.
The business closed earlier this year, as it undergoes renovation for a newly updated bowling alley and entertainment center called Bowlero.
The business at 1611 S. Randall Road will still be filled with bowling and more entertainment, but it also will have an updated look and new state-of-the-art equipment.
According to the Bowlero website, there will be backlight lanes, interactive games and new food menus.
The Bowlero in Algonquin will feature many of the same things as the Brunswick Zone did before, but it will be more updated and interactive with the new theme, the website says.
There will be 38 bowling lanes, free Wi-Fi, an arcade, laser tag, billiards, video gambling and a lounge area.
The business with its new look will hold its grand opening on Saturday, March 11.
You can check out the new look of the Bowlero Randall Road from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the event.
As part of the celebration, there also will be free bowling, arcade play, giveaways and more.
The free items include one game of bowling, shoe rental and a $5 arcade card.
The Blackhawks Ice Crew cheerleaders also will be on hand for the event.
Katie Parkhurst, senior planner with the village of Algonquin, said the newly refreshed and rebranded center will be an asset for the community.
"The village is pleased this entertainment use will continue in the village as it is a great amenity for our residents and regional draw," Parkhurst said. "I believe the changes are being phased in with remodeling taking place inside the building, a fresh look to the outside of the building and new signage."
Bowlero is part of a chain of bowling alleys and entertainment centers across the country.
Recently in the Chicago area, former Brunswick Zone XLs in Naperville and in Buffalo Grove switched over to the Bowlero concept. There also is a fourth Bowlero in Romeoville.
To reach the new Algonquin location call (847) 658-2257.
Countdown to Paddy's Day:
The Claddagh Irish Pub along the Randall Road corridor in Geneva is hosting some St. Patrick's Day events this week, leading up to the big day on March 17.
On Saturday, March 11, there will be live music from noon to 4 p.m. featuring Trillium. Batavia High School's String Theory will perform from 5 to 6 p.m. Dancers from the Rebecca McCarthy School of Dance will perform at 7 p.m. To round out the night, there will be live music from The Bare Hambones from 8 to 10 p.m.
On Sunday, there will be more live music and entertainment at the establishment from 4 to 7 p.m., including performances by Celtic Sounds Irish Jam Session and a show again by the Irish Dancers from Rebecca McCarthy School of Dance.
Moving, but not far:
Panera Bread will relocate its bakery-cafe in South Elgin from 322 S. Randall Road to across the street at 369 S. Randall Road at 6 a.m. Monday, March 13.
On opening day, the first 40 dine-in guests with any purchase will receive a reusable Panera coffee cup and reusable tote bag, and the first 20 drive-through guests will receive a certificate to receive a loaf of bread every month for a year (one certificate per car).
The hours of operation for Panera Bread at the 369 S. Randall Road location are 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday; and 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For information, call Panera Bread at (847) 841-1927.
• Amy Williams' column covers all the news of business along the Randall Road corridor from Batavia to Crystal Lake. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or (847) 894-5036.