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Ask the Truth: What's going on with Rainbo Lanes?

Following a bumpy few years that included changes in ownership and getting shut down for code violations, our readers asked us to find out what’s happening at Rainbo Lanes. Here’s the answer.

Posted on June 20, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. | Updated on June 20, 2014 at 4:54 p.m.

After a bumpy couple of years — which included changes in ownership and getting shut down in January for numerous code violations — Rainbo Lanes is back in business.

Well, sort of. Rainbo Lanes is now called The Arena.

Located at 2401 Middlebury St. in Elkhart, the bowling alley and entertainment venue reopened in March after owners worked with the city to bring the building up to code, according to Alvaro Marquez, a promoter for the business.

"We’ve been doing a lot of changes,” he said.

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Upgrades include installing exit signs and making the place more handicap accessible. The business also plans to make the parking lot a little bigger.

“We have different plans to try to make this building more comfortable for everybody,” Marquez said.

It’s hard to pin down The Arena as any one certain type of business. It has a restaurant (factory workers from nearby plants often stop in for a bite on their breaks) as well as a bowling alley, nightclub, bar, music venue and place to host private parties.

Maybe “multi-purpose entertainment center” fits the bill. 

"Sometimes we have live bands on the weekends, Saturdays we have DJs,“ Marquez said. 

In the near future, the business hopes to open up on Sundays to cater to the family crowd.

On weekdays the restaurant is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the pool tables and bowling alley are open from 5 to 8 p.m. The bar is open on Fridays and Saturdays from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m.

The Arena is closed on Sundays – for now.

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