This landmark recreational center was established in 1962 by ten prominent local businessmen, including Michigan sports figures Fritz Crisler and Bob Ufer. It was initially a 32 lane, state-of-the-art bowling center and its success quickly prompted an expansion in 1964 to the 40 lanes.
Over the years, Colonial Lanes has been a popular fixture of the greater Ann Arbor entertainment scene. It has evolved from its original bowling focus to a place known for good family fun, celebrations and group events. It has also developed a close relationship with the University of Michigan, and University of Michigan athletics in particular. There aren’t very many graduates over the last 50 years who haven’t been to Colonial Lanes. It has become an important part of their University of Michigan personal experience.
Colonial Lanes’ restaurant was originally called “The Pin Room,” but more recently has become a Michigan Athletic Club and entertainment center, called “CUBS’ AC,” developing its own reputation and clientele, who appreciate good food and beverages in a Meeechigan atmosphere.
Ten years ago, Bob Ufer’s family (Pam (Wood), Bob, David and Tom), completed the buyout of the other owners, and with the assistance of General Manager Brian Conway, are now helping to assure the next half century of quality, family fun and entertainment at Colonial Lanes.