Monday, November 24, 2014


A sign at Rainbo Lanes stands over the door to the lounge Tuesday, September 20, 2011. In March 2014, it reopened as The Arena after getting shut down for code violations in January. (Jennifer Shephard/The Elkhart Truth)

The former Rainbo Lanes, which is now The Arena has a restaurant, bowling, pool and dancing available. New ramps for the disabled have been installed along with new exit signs, doors and fire extinguishers. The retro sign is still visible along Middlebury Street.The photo was takne Friday, June 20, 2014. (Jennifer Shephard / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

The former Rainbo Lanes, which is now The Arena has a restaurant, bowling, pool and dancing available. New ramps for the disabled have been installed inside along with new exit signs, doors and fire extinguishers. The retro sign is still visible along Middlebury Street.The photo was takne Friday, June 20, 2014. (Jennifer Shephard / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

The former Rainbo Lanes, which is now The Arena has a restaurant, bowling, pool and dancing available. New ramps for the disabled have been installed along with new exit signs, doors and fire extinguishers. The retro sign is still visible along Middlebury Street.The photo was takne Friday, June 20, 2014. (Jennifer Shephard / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

The former Rainbo Lanes, which is now The Arena has a restaurant, bowling, pool and dancing available. New ramps for the disabled have been installed along with new exit signs, doors and fire extinguishers. The photo was taken Friday, June 20, 2014. (Jennifer Shephard / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

The former Rainbo Lanes, which is now The Arena has a restaurant, bowling, pool and dancing available. The photo was taken Friday, June 20, 2014. (Jennifer Shephard / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

The bowling lanes on the west side of the former Rainbo lanes are still open for bowling, as are a restaurant, pool and dance club. The photo was taken Friday, June 20, 2014. (Jennifer Shephard / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

A colorful sign at The Arena cycles through different colors. The dance club is located in the former Rainbo Lanes on Middlebury Street in Elkhart. The photo was taken Friday, June 20, 2014. (Jennifer Shephard / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

0620 RAINBO LANES ARENA2 JFS The Arena has turned the room with bowling lanes on the east side of the former Rainbo Lanes into a large banquet room with a dance floor. The club features either a DJ or band for the music. (Jennifer Shephard / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

The dance floor at The Arena was created by covering the gutters of the bowling alley lanes from when it was Rainbo Lanes, which give it the striped look. The pin return machinery is still in place behind the stage to the right. (Jennifer Shephard / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)
Ask the Truth: What's going on with Rainbo Lanes?
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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