After almost 30 years as a successful grocer in Hammond, John Loxas realized the city needed a top-notch bowling center. Olympia Lanes opened in 1985 and recently celebrated its 27th anniversary. As the bowling center was being built, the Howard Johnson's hotel and restaurant across Calumet …
To celebrate its 30th anniversary in July, the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority honored 30 individuals who have had significant impacts on the hospitality and tourism industry along the South Shore.
When people were questioning John Loxas why he was building in Hammond when he opened Olympia Lanes bowling center in 1985, the entrepreneur said it was because he loved the city.
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