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Former business morphs into family fun center

The former Leisure Lanes, located on 1709 Lee Highway is undergoing a metamorphosis today in preparation for Monday’s grand opening at 9 a.m. when it will re-open its doors as Tony’s Family Fun Center.
“In addition to changing the sign outside, I have talked with the art department of Radford University who will decorate the inside walls,” says Tony White, the owner/manager of the new business.
Leisure Lanes had stopped doing business since May of this year and when White saw a sign that the business was up for up for grabs, he immediately contacted Parker Realty — the owner of the property — and was able to secure financial arrangements for a 3-year lease with option to buy. He added that there were others showing interest in the property, so he had to move fast.
Part of developing an entirely new image, White had also asked the students at Pulaski County High School to do alfresco renderings on the building. “As on the walls inside, the theme will be rainbow colors,” White said, indicating that the rainbow shows up after a storm. “We all worry about things, but God tells us not to be troubled for He will take care of what we need.”
In developing an entirely new image, White, a devout Christian, says that the new bowling alley will be smoke-free and will serve only non-alcoholic beverages. “This will be a place for the family to have fun while getting their exercise,” he emphasized. For snacks, he plans to continue the usual fare of hotdogs, corn dogs, and pizza. “But I will add something different,” he said. “It’s going to be called a Hoosier.” No recipe was given.
Born in raised in Indiana, White enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served for ten years with specialty in electronics. When he got out of the service, he moved back home and managed the Plaza Bowl for 15 years. From there he went to Myrtle Beach, SC to manage a pro shop for more than 2-1/2 years before moving to Fries, Va. three years ago.
“I love the people here,” White said, when asked how he felt about the area, having been born and raised in a larger town and been around the world. “The people here are just fantastic.”
Divorced, White’s only hobby is taking care of a 13-year old daughter who still lives in Indiana with his ex-wife and a step-father. White says he intends to send for his daughter so she could go to school here and help him in his business.

Former business morphs into family fun center

The former Leisure Lanes, located on 1709 Lee Highway is undergoing a metamorphosis today in preparation for Monday’s grand opening at 9 a.m. when it will re-open its doors as Tony’s Family Fun Center.
“In addition to changing the sign outside, I have talked with the art department of Radford University who will decorate the inside walls,” says Tony White, the owner/manager of the new business.
Leisure Lanes had stopped doing business since May of this year and when White saw a sign that the business was up for up for grabs, he immediately contacted Parker Realty — the owner of the property — and was able to secure financial arrangements for a 3-year lease with option to buy. He added that there were others showing interest in the property, so he had to move fast.
Part of developing an entirely new image, White had also asked the students at Pulaski County High School to do alfresco renderings on the building. “As on the walls inside, the theme will be rainbow colors,” White said, indicating that the rainbow shows up after a storm. “We all worry about things, but God tells us not to be troubled for He will take care of what we need.”
In developing an entirely new image, White, a devout Christian, says that the new bowling alley will be smoke-free and will serve only non-alcoholic beverages. “This will be a place for the family to have fun while getting their exercise,” he emphasized. For snacks, he plans to continue the usual fare of hotdogs, corn dogs, and pizza. “But I will add something different,” he said. “It’s going to be called a Hoosier.” No recipe was given.
Born in raised in Indiana, White enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served for ten years with specialty in electronics. When he got out of the service, he moved back home and managed the Plaza Bowl for 15 years. From there he went to Myrtle Beach, SC to manage a pro shop for more than 2-1/2 years before moving to Fries, Va. three years ago.
“I love the people here,” White said, when asked how he felt about the area, having been born and raised in a larger town and been around the world. “The people here are just fantastic.”
Divorced, White’s only hobby is taking care of a 13-year old daughter who still lives in Indiana with his ex-wife and a step-father. White says he intends to send for his daughter so she could go to school here and help him in his business.