“The place is near and dear to our hearts,” he added. “So when we floated the idea to the owner, she was all for it. It was a no-brainer.”
The coronavirus has been brutal in the Midwest, including Minnesota, a state of fewer than six million people that has reported nearly 500,000 cases. During a November peak, Minnesota recorded more than 6,000 new cases a day.
(Bowling alleys in Minnesota were allowed to reopen in January at a limited capacity. Mr. Heimann said coronavirus protocols were followed during the filming, although several people in the video do not appear to be wearing masks, which are required except when eating or drinking.)
Bryant Lake Bowl & Theater is also in a neighborhood that saw heavy civil unrest after the death of George Floyd, the Black man who died last May after being handcuffed and pinned to the ground by a Minneapolis police officer’s knee. The protests led to riots, and several buildings in the city were heavily damaged.
“A lot of people think, ‘Oh my gosh, why would you potentially destroy a piece of equipment like that?’” he said. “But, no, these drones are quite resilient.”