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B&B Olympic Bowl spruces up with remodel

Fri, Apr 11th, 2014
Posted in Preston Features

Shelly Hanson, co-owner of B&B Olympic Bowl, stands in the recently renovated restaurant portion of her business. Photo by Barb Jeffers

Walk into B&B Olympic Bowl in Preston, Minn. and you will be bowled over by the new look. The restaurant side of the business has been through a transformation from floor to ceiling.

Paul and Shelly Hanson purchased B&B Olympic Bowl in September of 2009 and made improvements at that time with new lanes and an addition. Now, in the fifth year of ownership, they have made another major improvement by remodeling.

The remodeling project began on January 6, 2014, which Shelly says “was the coldest day of the year”, creating challenges but the work moved forward and remodeling was completed on March 26, 2014.

Carpentry work was done by Ron Schroeder of Quality Construction of Preston, Minn. Ron installed a new wood ceiling using hackberry which adds character and a sense of space to the room.

A new wood floor made with ash was also installed by Ron Schroeder. The floor is innovative and has a very interesting look. Schroeder explained he implemented a new technique for flooring which is a way of getting the “old barn board look” with new wood. He states that when wood is initially cut a large circular saw is used and the blade leaves marks in the wood. Normally these marks are planed out to make the wood smooth. With the type of floor Schroeder installed at B&B Olympic Bowl the marks from the saw blade are not totally planed which gives the floor “more depth and a rustic look” says Ron.

Poplar wood was used for the trim and painted black to match the decor. Wood was purchased from Root River Hardwoods of Preston and Shelly states that Marty Sveen of Root River Hardwoods was very helpful in putting everything together for the project.

New furniture was purchased and a large booth was installed ,which also contributes greatly to the updated and improved look. Room for the large booth was created by changing the doorway to the kitchen and moving the till. Two new cabinets were built by Paul Hanson and Ron Schroeder.

Duane Gilbertson of Duane Gilbertson Construction of Fountain, Minn. installed Granicrete countertops to cabinets and also used Granicrete on the Lazy Susan’s in the center of the tables. Granicrete gives the look of granite, marble, concrete, or other various stone at a fraction of the price.

A new front door was installed and windows looking into the bowling lanes from the restaurant were replaced giving patrons a great view of bowlers. Freshly painted walls of red and orange compliment the floor, ceiling, and furnishings and bring the look all together. Shelly said choosing the paint colors was not an easy task but the end result is a perfect match for the room.

Brian Ostby of Fountain, Minn. did the stonework on the fireplace, which draws attention from anyone entering the room and provides coziness during the cold months of the year. Electrical work was done by Haakenson Electric of Preston. Others local businesses the Hanson’s found to be helpful were Hahn Lumber of Harmony, Minn. and Napa Auto Parts and Hardware of Preston, Minn. Shelly states that all of the contractors were great to work with and did an amazing job.

Shelly plans to decorate the freshly painted walls with old photographs of Preston and the Preston Historical Society is searching for photographs for her to use.

Paul and Shelly’s daughters were also involved in the project with Shelly saying that Shawna, age 24, pushed for the project and Lindsi, age 21, had the idea to install the large booth. It means a lot to have their family involved in the remodeling venture also.

Although the look of B&B Olympic Bowl has changed, the tasty food has not. The same great menu items are available as always, the only difference is the scenery.

Shelly says they have received nothing but great comments from customers. She laughed and said, “Some of the regular customers said they feel they should eat on the other side now because they are ‘too dirty’ to sit in the remodeled area” but Shelly adds “We couldn’t do it without them.”

While looking around the remodeled room Shelly stated “Nothing in here is the same.” And people really take notice. She feels that the customers of B&B Olympic Bowl appreciate the change and hopes that they will come to a Customer Open House on April 30, 2014 following a ribbon-cutting by the Preston Chamber of Commerce. B&B Olympic Bowl will be serving food from 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. on that day to show their appreciation to their customers and also to the contractors who performed the work.

Shelly commented that she hopes the contractors can be present during the Open House for customers to talk with about the work they did. Door prizes will also be given including Twins tickets and tickets to the Commonweal Theatre in Lanesboro, Minn.

B&B Olympic Bowl is located at 401 Kansas Street NW in Preston. The phone number is (507) 765-2522.

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