The new owners of Pop ‘n Pins Bowling Lanes are in the process of updating the establishment with a Hawaiian restaurant, an arcade and someday, a miniature golf course. The bowling alley, which is in great shape thanks to the care given it by former owner Del Ray Talbot, will remain open as well, said new owner Barry Henline.
Henline and his son, Logan, are in the process of removing the dated kitchen equipment in the building to install new fixtures, and hope to have the alley open for business by mid-July.
The family brings generations of restaurant and bowling experience with them. Barry’s wife grew up in her father’s restaurant in Hawaii. Logan and a friend of his, Darian Daniels, recently operated Aloha Boys, a food truck in Logan City until he married and moved to Provo. With his return to his home in Cache Valley, he has re-enlisted Daniels as another partner in the current venture.
Barry and his family owned and operated Pounders and LaBeau’s restaurants in Logan City, as well, and plan to bring the signature recipes of those establishments with them to Island Bowl - the name of the restaurant they are building in Pop ‘n Pins.
Dishes with roots from that grandfather’s Hawaiian restaurant include Hawaiian Snow Balls, which are rice balls filled with pulled pork and cheese, then coated and deep fried, and a Teriyaki Burger that was popular at La Beau’s. They will also offer Lug Nuts and Spark Plugs - breaded chicken nuggets soaked in sauces - as well as Spam Musubi (sushi), said Barry.
That grandfather’s recipes were so good, said Barry, that as a young man of Japanese heritage in Hawaii after WWII, American soldiers would sneak him out of a detainment camp so he could cook for them during the day, then hustle him back to the camp before he was missed.
As for bowling, both Henline’s wife and another son are aficionados for the sport. Four leagues currently use the bowling alley for their competitions during the fall and winter months. The Henline’s hope to expand that activity, as well as open bowling times, to allow more individuals to experience the fun generations have had at Pop ‘n Pins Bowling Alley.