Strikes bowling center files for bankruptcy

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The doors are still open despite Strikes Family Entertainment LLC filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in federal court Dec. 3. Located on Lonetree Boulevard off of Sunset Boulevard, the entertainment complex features 50 bowling lanes, an arcade, birthday rooms and a conference room. The group also owns a similar complex in Elk Grove. A Chapter 11 bankruptcy typically includes a plan to reorganize in order to keep the business alive and to pay creditors over time, according to court documents. Co-owners Jim Falls and Keith Burcham could not be reached for comment. Strikes General Manager Bobby Ruiz declined comment except to say he was busy booking corporate events at the bowling alley, which remains open for business. Since it opened in August of 2006, Strikes has been a hot-spot for community events and high school and other bowling leagues. The owners, who are represented by Sacramento attorney W. Steven Shumway, now must convince a bankruptcy judge they have a realistic plan to pay their creditors and get back in the black. Their creditors include T.L. Meadows, LLC and EDF Resource Capital, Inc. of Sacramento. Their next hearing is 10 a.m. Jan. 14 in federal court in Sacramento. ~Jon Brines, Placer Herald Correspondent