We are a family-owned boutique sports bar and bowling alley offering good times for everyone. From after-work happy hour and weekend Bloody Marys to live music and fun nights out with friends and family, you’ll find it all at Garage Bar & Bowl.
Estimated year the building is constructed. August Graff and Charles Kelzer operate Graff and Kelzer Hardware and Dodge Bros. Motor Cars at the location.
George Kelzer partners with Charles Kelzer and renames the business Kelzer Brothers Hardware and Dodge Bros. Motor Cars.
George Holden and Messrs. H. Torkleson purchase Kelzer Brothers Garage and begin operation as Torkleson Auto Company at the location.
Ehrenberg and Kreitlow, owners of the Waconia Motor Express, acquire the building from Holden and Torkleson. They use the garage privately for their local offices and storage of their three large trucks.
Ehrenberg and Kreitlow build 54’x100’ tile addition (original garage measured 50’x50’) to support their growing business, which by this point does a large volume of the motor transport business between Waconia and Minneapolis. Waconia Motor Express also takes on the Hudson-Essex line of automobiles, utilizing the added garage space to branch out in sales, and soon also repairs, of these vehicles.
William (Bill) Ehrenberg becomes sole owner of the Kreitlow and Erhrenberg Garage building and the Waconia Motor Express.
August Schesso and Frank Peitz, who were employees of Ehrenberg and Kreitlow, purchase the auto repair department of Waconia Motor Express and also take over the sales and service of the Hudson-Essex dealership. By 1929 Frank Peitz becomes sole owner of the garage and adds Chevrolet autos into the mix.
Alfred Harms and John Emmick open an auto garage on site.
Bill Ehrenberg installs four bowling lanes.
Orville Schwalbe leases the alleys from Bill Ehrenberg and begins operation as Waconia Alleys. Now living in Waconia and formerly from Chaska, Orville is well-known in the area as the proprietor of the Wa-Co Drive-In.
Bill Ehrenberg remodels the building, installing two additional bowling lanes and six new AMF automatic pin setters.
Bill Ehrenberg Jr. takes over possession of the bowling alley upon the death of his father, Bill Sr.
Glenn McElyea purchases the lanes and begins operation of Waconia Lanes.
John Carlock and Terry Wilkinson purchase the building and rename it Chancellor House.
Bill “Curt” Bohn acquires the Chancellor House and operates it for the next 19 years.
Bill Lano purchases the building, completes some remodeling, and renames the establishment Billy's.
New owners rename the business Mark and Jessie’s Lanes.
The business operates as Waconia’s only bowling alley under new management with Josh Brandenburg.
After several years of struggling business, Waconia Lanes is repossessed by the bank and is at risk of liquidation and being demolished. Despite the poor shape of the building, Dan and Amy Madsen proceed with the bank and close on the property in December 2017.
Following eight long months of total renovation, the Madsens open Waconia’s premier boutique sports bar, grill, and bowling alley: Garage Bar & Bowl.
At Garage Bar & Bowl, we believe in setting the standard for local food and service. We take pride in providing fun for everyone, a fresh and delicious menu, and a memorable experience for every customer who walks through the door.
Maintaining that standard means hiring experienced servers, bartenders, and other restaurant industry professionals who know how to combine professionalism, service, and fun in a fast-paced environment. If that sounds like you, we’d love to meet!