Meet the Owners

Chad n Alicia   

Chad Meyer:
Chad is a Co-Owner and is the General Manager for Garden Center Lanes, Fat Daddy’s Bar & Grill, Broadway Ballroom Event Center & Catering.
Chad is married to Alicia and they reside in Alexandria with their yorkie Bella.
Chad is a lover of all things sports and is a MN sports fan.  He loves to watch the Twins and Vikings. In the summer he enjoys golfing and being on the water. Of course Chad loves to bowl! You can find him in the pro-shop helping customers, on the lanes coaching his high school team, or on the lanes bowling with his buddies on league nights. 


Sara and Matt

Matt Meyer:
Matt is a Co-Owner of Garden Center Lanes, Fat Daddy’s Bar & Grill, Broadway Ballroom Event Center & Catering.
Matt is married to Sara and they reside in Alexandria with their daughter Holly and dog Chubby.
Matt is a family man and loves to spend time with Sara and Holly, they enjoy going to Blizzard games, going golfing as a family and enjoy watching Holly in her school and sporting endeavors.
Matt is a great bowler and pursues his passion, when he’s not working, on the golf course or with his family, you’ll find him on the lanes!


Sue and Dennis

Sue Brede:
Sue is a Co-Owner of Garden Center Lanes, Fat Daddy’s Bar & Grill, Broadway Ballroom Event Center & Catering.
Sue is married to Dennis, they reside in Alexandria and are the proud parents to Nevin and Amanda. They are even more proud grandparents to Desi, Caleb, Aubree, Hadley and Dylan.
Sue is an active Kiwanis member and enjoys helping out kids in the community.  In her free time Sue enjoys bowling, is an avid reader, she enjoys helping out with the Women’s 600 tournament and loves her time with her family! You’ll even see her cute grandbabies around the bowling center from time to time!


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Charlie Meyer:
Charlie is a Co-Owner of Garden Center Lanes, Fat Daddy’s Bar & Grill, Broadway Ballroom Event Center & Catering.
Charlie is married to Kathy and they reside in Alexandria, they are the proud parents of Chad, Matt and Mindie.  They love watching their grandbabies Holly and Eli grow up, and even love on their grand-doggy Bella.
Charlie loves to spend time with his family, usually around the dinner table; he enjoys watching sports, golfing with his kids, and of course bowling league.
When Charlie isn’t off on County Commissioner duty you can find him at the card table with the guys or at the touch screen, sometimes Eli even joins him!

About Us

Garden Center Lanes is YOUR stop for entertainment and fun! With hours of operation being from 9am-1am and 34 lanes, one of the largest arcades in the area, a full service pro shop, and a snack bar with made to order pizzas, Garden Center Lanes is one of the premiere bowling centers in the Upper Midwest. Garden Center also offers a casual dining restaurant. Fat Daddy’s Bar & Grill features an American style menu and many different beverage options including 30 different draft beer selections.


Garden Center Lanes is a great location for a fun night out with family and friends as we have a variety of bowling options including leagues for all ages and skill levels, birthday parties, and fundraisers. Garden Center Lanes also hosts different tournaments year round including the Garden Center Annual Tournament.


The original Garden Center Lanes was opened in 1939 downtown Alexandria on 5th & Hawthorne. It was 8 lanes and included a fine dining restaurant. In 1957 LeRoy Meyer purchased Garden Center Lanes and the Meyer family has owned and operated it ever since. Over the next 30 years LeRoy and his family began the expansion of Garden Center by going from an 8 lane center to eventually becoming the 34 lane center it is today. With that they also grew the Garden Center Annual Tournament into one of the largest and longest running tournaments in the Northwest. In 2005 the Meyer family again expanded Garden Center, this time in a new location. On the corner of 30th avenue and South Broadway the Meyer family built a brand new center and also included the restaurant, Fat Daddy’s Bar & Grill, and a banquet facility, Broadway Ballroom Event Center.  Together these three offer a wide variety of entertainment options for many different people all year long.