Here's another installment on Biltmore Lanes, the 32-lane bowling alley open 24 hours a day, located at Highway 100 and Vernon Avenue. I wrote about owner Gus Young back here, and I now have met with his daughter Margie Sampsell to get a photo of Gus and find out more about him.
I'm working on a complete story for our membership newsletter, but in the meantime here's a photo of the building from our files:
I enlarged a corner to get a closer look at that iconic sign, with the bowling pin and ball:
Coincidentally, one of our regular visitors happened to donate a copy of this cookbook, written by Gus's wife Evelyn, famous for her cooking at Gustavus Adolphus College.
For more on Evelyn, see the Star Tribune's obituary, written by Trudi Hahn. After reading the rave reviews of her cooking and scanning through the recipes, I may have to order a copy of her cookbook for my own collection. The book is out of print, but is available at Amazon and ebay. Check out this story on the Gustavus Adolphus web site for more on Evelyn's cooking and a great photo of her. I love the anecdotes like this one:
Even while she was still around, the stories about her had assumed tall-tale proportions (“Did you know she and that Cadillac of hers had more speeding tickets on 169 between Edina and St. Peter than anyone else, ever?” “Did you know she used to get ejected from basketball games for challenging the refs’ calls?”).
If you have any stories about the Youngs, or any bowling stories or photos to share -- whether at Gus Young's Biltmore Lanes or Southdale Lanes or some other Edina bowling alley -- please comment here or email me.
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