The Premier Bowling Center In the Upper Midwest

Creating lasting memories for every occasion

The Premier Bowling Center In the Upper Midwest

Your headquarters for minnesota sports

The original Garden Center Lanes was opened in 1939 downtown Alexandria on 5th & Hawthorne

It was an eight lane bowling alley and included a fine dining restaurant. In 1957 LeRoy Meyer purchased Garden Center Lanes and the Meyer family has owned and operated it ever since. Over the next 30 years LeRoy and his family began the expansion of Garden Center by going from an 8 lane center to eventually becoming the 34 lane center it is today.

Elinor, LeRoy and Charlie Meyer
Garden Center Lanes wall mural

In 2005 the Meyer family expanded Garden Center again, this time in a new location

On the corner of 30th Avenue and South Broadway the Meyer family built a new center and also included the restaurant, Fat Daddy’s Bar & Grill, and a banquet facility, Broadway Ballroom Event Center. Together these three offer a wide variety of entertainment options for many different people all year long.

helping people celebrate & get together in Alexandria since 2005

Book your wedding reception, meeting, family gathering, or special event with Broadway Ballroom. We offer many services to help make your special event a memorable occasion. Whether you’re looking for the perfect location for your wedding or need us to cater, we take care of all your needs!

We love helping our guests plan their special event. From the start of the planning process through the duration of the event, we’re happy to help!

Garden Center Lanes is YOUR stop for entertainment & fun!

With one of the largest arcades in the area, a full service pro shop, and a snack bar with made to order pizzas, Garden Center Lanes is one of the premier bowling centers in the Upper Midwest.

We have a variety of bowling options including leagues for all ages and skill levels, birthday parties, and fundraisers. Garden Center Lanes also hosts tournaments year-round including the Garden Center Annual Tournament.

Fat Daddy’s Bar & Grill has something for everyone

Fat Daddy’s American style menu offers burgers, sandwiches, wraps, salads, BBQ ribs, roasted chicken, steaks, Prime Rib, and some of the best buffalo sauce around.

Not hungry? No problem! Fat Daddy’s has a wide assortment of drink options including over 30 different draft beer selections. Stop by our Happy Hour, Monday through Thursday from 3pm to 6pm, Friday and Saturday from 9pm to midnight, and Sunday from 5pm to 10pm.

At Fat Daddy’s, you'll never miss a minute of Minnesota sports action. We have 17 different TVs including 2 of biggest screens in town, both over 150”.

Commitment to the Community

Garden Center Lanes has a long standing tradition of giving back to the community and working with local organizations including the United Way, Alexandria Chamber of Commerce, Alexandria Area Youth Bowlers Association, BNI, Alex Area USBC, Kiwanis, Rotary, Sertoma, West Central Food & Beverage Association, and Lions Club.