Made in Ontario: Big Al's
Big Al’s first opened its doors in Ontario on March 16, 2017. The original store, opened in 2006, is located in Vancouver, WA, along with two other stores located in Beaverton, OR (2010) and Meridian, ID (2012). The owners Al and Sandee Kirkwood wanted to create a safe and fun atmosphere for their own grandchildren, as well as other families, kids and adults.
A Big Place for the Community
Big Al’s is home to a contemporary Sports Bar & Grill with a 55’ HD Projection Screen, 20 full-service, state-of-the-art bowling lanes including The Ocho – an ultra-bowling lounge, a massive ‘Center Bar’ with a custom one-ton beer chase and 36 beers on draft, a 225-player video & redemption game Arcade, and the exclusively 21+ BoardRoom featuring billiards, ping pong, a Scrabble wall-board, giant Jenga, table & floor shuffleboard, and classic darts & arcade games.
“If you’re celebrating a birthday, a graduation, a corporate party or a Christmas party, we have everything at your disposal here. So it’s something where it’s just not a one-trick pony,” said Eugene Moyer, Assisant General Manager of Big Al’s Ontario. “You can come in, enjoy the arcade, enjoy bowling, enjoy the food and beverages, enjoy a little bit of sports and you can even have your own audio visual capable private section where you can have meetings and give presentations.”
A Big Future
The City of Ontario is constantly growing, and Big Al’s wants to be a part of that growth and support Ontario’s workforce. Big Al’s is excited to hire the City’s youth, as early as age 17, and help them develop themselves into future managers and grow with their company. Big Al’s currently employs 160 people at the Ontario location. They are looking for team members with a “can-do” attitude and a team-player mindset, who can continue to bring a fun atmosphere to their patrons. They are also planning to open many more Big Al’s locations in other cities, which opens up the possibilities for employees to train and manage at these other locations.
A Big Part of the Community
Big Al’s also values giving back to their local community, and does so through Big Al’s Big Hearts.
Team members of Big Al’s Big Hearts are excited to assist their community by sending team members to volunteer at places like food banks, and help with many different community projects.
“We preach team atmosphere not only within our walls, but outside of them as well,” said Eugene. “We’re also giving back to those that are giving to us as well. So we want to look in and make those contributions in the community and find those charitable organizations or those events that we can really champion and get behind.”
To learn more about Big Al’s, visit www.ilovebigals.com
Big Al’s is located at 4120 E. Fourth Street, Ontario.