Our Story | JB's On 41 | Milwaukee WI

Welcome to JB's on 41 Family Fun Center!

Roll with us down memory lane...

We can thank our German heritage for our obsession with strikes and spares. Bowling has endured through many changes, but our commitment to fun remains. Lanes are oiled daily with tender, love, and care. Shoes are still rentals, and the sweet satisfaction of pins toppling and celebratory high-fives is timeless. 39,000 square feet of fun is found at JB’s on 41, featuring bowling, game room, volleyball, restaurant, and bar. JB’s on 41 has a colorful history, and we're always innovating. To continue learning about us, please interact with the tabs below to see how JB’s on 41 has transformed from a couple’s entrepreneurial dreams into Milwaukee’s premier party place.

Our Vision: We are outstanding, fun people, helping families, having fun, and being better together.

David Bardon

Owner of JB's on 41

My passion is to help others, whether it be within my businesses or personal life. Knowing that I can make a positive difference in someone's life each and every day motivates me. It's what gets me up and going in the morning. JB's on 41 has become an extension of my personal beliefs and motivation. I believe that loving and caring families are what make communities strong.


JB's on 41 provides a great, caring, and fun experience for our guests so that when they leave, they feel better for including us in their lives. Our guests will see a genuine, safe, and caring environment for them to really relax and enjoy themselves. Our staff is committed to ensuring our guests connect and have fun. We have a strong, caring, and helping culture, and we welcome you to our fun center!

  • Bowling
  • Eats & Drinks
  • Fun & Games

Before bowling centers, lanes are tucked into tavern and church basements. Wanting their own place to freely bowl, Deddo and Erv Raasch open the center in the 1950s, calling it Olympic Recreation, which is later shortened to Olympic Lanes. Brunswick supports the center’s development and still assists JB’s on 41 today. With 24 lanes, Olympic is one of the first centers in Milwaukee to feature automatic pinsetters. In 1975, Jerry Laczniak takes over as owner, adding lanes 25-36. Jeff and Cindy Vitale run a tight ship for 20 years from 1982-2002, adding 5 sand volleyball courts and game room, where guests exchange quarters for rounds of pinball.

Current proprietor David Bardon takes over in November 2002. He owns 3 other family fun centers in Wisconsin. In 2012, the center undergoes a massive renovation, transforming Olympic Lanes into JB’s on 41. During this process, lane 11 is lost in favor of a wall to create the Suite 41 lounge. With 10 custom cherry wood luxury lanes in Suite 41 and 25 traditional synthetic lanes, JB’s on 41 is the only hybrid center in Milwaukee. The JB in our name comes from owner David Bardon’s family, including wife Janell, children Jeremy, Jessica, and Joshua, and grandchildren Jared and Jenna. 41 comes from historic State Highway 41 that stretches from Upper Michigan to Miami, Florida.

Bowling Lanes

  • 10 Suite 41 Luxury Lanes
  • 25 Traditional Lanes
  • Automatic Bumpers

"One of America's Coolest Bowling Alleys"

Travel & Leisure Magazine

JB's is home to Milwaukee's "revamped galactic bowling palace." Explore the series here.

"Best Bowling in Milwaukee"

2017 Milwaukee A-List

One guest writes, "They have a very unique party area." Read all votes here.

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Seasonal Specials

JB's daily deals, rewards club, and many more bowling deals are all found here.

Hours & Rates

We proudly offer open bowling every day of the year! Check out our open play hours and rates.

League Bowling

We have traditional, social, short-season, custom, family, and youth leagues. See leagues!