Photo: Bill Noesges
The historic 66 Bowl, 3810 NW 39th, in Oklahoma City has been sold to Spices of India, a grocery store currently located at 3647 NW 39th. The new owners will take over on September 6.
“We looked for help all over to keep it as a bowling center, through numerous investors, and the search was unsuccessful.” - unnamed 66 Bowl spokesperson
As we reported last month, the bowling center was up for sale and Jeff Beck, an organizer of The Okie Twist-off music and car festival, and Edmond realtor Theresa Zaizar were looking for investors to buy and preserve the property. Unfortunately, this did not come to fruition.
“This is just economics. We’ve seen this happen before, regrettably, like motels, not only in Oklahoma but nationwide, that have been lost. Cities evolve and changes happen.” - Mike Hickey, president of Oklahoma Route 66 Association
The bowling center has hosted live music on Saturday nights since 1995. Among those who have played 66 Bowl are national acts like Wanda Jackson, Hasil Adkins, Bob Log III, Dex Romweber Duo and The Flametrick Subs and locals like Billy Joe Winghead, The Poison Okies and The Reverb Brothers. The bowling center has also hosted events like The Okie Twistoff and Rock’n’Roll Garage Sale and Show.
“We’re all heartbroken here.” - Donna McKeegan, a 20-year employee of 66 Bowl
The 24-lane bowling center, restaurant and bar opened in 1959.