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BROTHERS GIVE NEW LIFE TO JOHNSTOWN BUSINESS THAT'S BEEN AROUND FOR 60 YEARS
January 29th 2021
CAMBRIA COUNTY, Pa. (WJAC) — For most of 2020 we stayed at home but things have started to slowly open back up including a new business in Johnstown. The building itself has been a part of the city for 60 years, but when it went up for sale two brothers bought it and added so much more.
Chris Hogue and his brother thought the former Richland Lanes was right up their alley and have turned it into 814 Lanes and Games. The name of the business speaks for itself as they’ve added 40 arcade games, two escape rooms, laser tag, private party rooms, virtual reality and even a sports bar Bites and Brews.
WE COLLABORATED WITH 814 LANES AND GAMES ON 3 ATTRACTIONS
January 1, 2021
814 Lanes and Games is a rebranded FEC from owners Chris and Bobby Hogue. The new facility was formerly a traditional bowling center that the two brothers were intent on transforming into a full family entertainment center. “Our goal was to capture the market within 45 minutes as the premier destination for family entertainment with first class attractions that are unique to our area,” said Chris Hogue.
For the new entertainment business, the Hogues were interested in bringing in attractions that were unique to the area, as there were not a lot of entertainment destinations in the area prior to 814 Lanes and Games. The Hogues had been planning their project for a while, and after getting in touch with us, they began to form their plans.
As a step in the education process, the Hogues attended the Amusement 360 Event to learn about operating an entertainment venue. “The event was very informative and the smaller scale allowed us more 1 on 1 time with vendors. The site visits were informative as well,” said Chris Hogue about the Amusement 360 Event.
PROCEEDS FROM 814 LANES & GAMES WILL GO TO UNITED WAY
March 16th, 2021
814 Lanes & Games, 1140 Frances St., Richland Township, is donating a portion of its proceeds earned Thursday to the United Way of the Laurel Highlands to benefit people in Cambria and Somerset counties.
United Way provides the PA 211 network, a free call center that helps people find a variety of services, including shelters, food banks and summer camps for children, and early childhood education and drug and alcohol prevention programs.
814 LANES & GAMES RAISING FUNDS FOR UNITED WAY
March 16th, 2021
The team at 814 Lanes & Games in Richland Township is donating a portion of proceeds earned on Thursday, to the United Way of the Laurel Highlands. 814 Lanes & Games provides bowling, laser tag, escape rooms, food and other entertainment. Business partner Chris Hogue said the United Way’s work locally made the decision to help an easy one. “We want to give back to the community that is supporting our new business by donating a portion of our proceeds on Thursday, to United Way of the Laurel Highlands. It’s a difficult time for people and we know United Way is always there giving a helping hand and we would like to be a part of that as well,” Hogue said. The nonprofit organization will put the money to work by helping people in Cambria and Somerset counties.
814 LANES & GAMES NEARING COMPLETION, HOPING FOR NOVEMBER OPENING
October 1, 2020
JOHNSTOWN, CAMBRIA COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ Plus) — The former Richland Lanes in Johnstown, newly named 814 Lanes & Games, is well on its way to reopening. The facility is getting a complete revamp.
“We are touching almost every part of the building in some way. We’ve put in new electric, new HVAC, we have new flooring and new furniture coming in,” said Chris Hogue, Managing Partner.
New electric and HVAV aren’t the exciting upgrades this facility is getting though.
back in Johnstown.
“We will have league bowling seven nights a week through the winter and in the summer we’ll have the youth programs and then the leagues as well…so we definitely, even though we removed some of the lanes and adding other attractions, we are still a bowling anchored facility,” said Bobby.
The whole project will cost around $1 million and will also bring 40-50 new jobs to the area.
"WHOLE DIFFERENT LEVEL": GAMING VENUE EYES MID-NOVEMBER OPENING
September 26th, 2020
A mid-November opening is targeted for 814 Lanes & Games – a new entertainment center at the former Richland Lanes, owner Chris Hogue said.
Chris and his brother, Bobby Hogue, are co-owners of Johnstown Entertainment Realty LLC. Earlier this year, they purchased the longtime bowling alley at 1140 Frances St. and are building an entertainment venue there that will be unlike anything Johnstown has seen before, Chris Hogue said.
“We are still looking at opening in mid-November, but I’m not going to give a specific date,” Hogue said. “We are living in a crazy time.
“Our demo work is all done. We are starting to rebuild it. We have a flooring team, electrical team and HVAC team upgrading the entire facility.”
Then, the attractions will come in from outside vendors.
“The laser tag arena comes in, and the company will assemble it on site,” he said.
Two escape rooms and 40 arcade games will be installed in the same manner.
“We are in second gear and shifting to third,” Hogue said.
RICHLAND LANES TO TURN INTO FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT CENTER
May 28, 2020
JOHNSTOWN, Pa (WJAC) — Richland Lanes has been up for sale for well over a year, and recently, it was finally sold.
Richland Lanes opened its doors in 1961 but this year, it's turning into something new.
RICHLAND LANES TO GET NEW NAME AND REVAMP UNDER NEW OWNERSHIP
February 18, 2020
JOHNSTOWN, CAMBRIA COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ Plus) — Richland Lanes will be getting a new name and a complete revamp come summertime.
Johnstown Entertainment Group LLC agreed to buy the bowling alley last year and is in the final stages of the purchase.
NEW OWNERS GRANTED LIQUOR LICENSE TRANSFER FOR RICHLAND LANES MAKEOVER
February 18, 2020
After a hearing, without any objection from the public, the Richland Township Supervisors unanimously granted a liquor license transfer to the new owners of Richland Lanes.
Brothers Chris and Bobby Hogue have a purchase agreement for the bowling alley at 1140 Frances St., and plans to change the venue into 814 Lanes & Games Family Entertainment Center.