Don Smith

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

Don Smith and his late partner Brian Stoner built Rule (3) as a place for families to come and have fun together.

The Pickerington site, which Smith has dubbed a "play-cation center," includes a bowling alley, restaurant and bar, arcade, Wii and Xbox lounges, and mini-bowling lanes. Rule (3) also has outdoor volleyball courts and corn-hole games.

"Bowling is making a big comeback," Smith said. "We wanted an upscale bowling area surrounded with other fun things to do."

What does the name Rule (3) mean?

It's a conversation starter. We wanted something unique. All good things come in threes. We came up with three rules: Play Hard. Play Happy. Play Here.

What type of parties do people have here?

We have several happiness zones. There's literally something for the entire family to do. We focus on children's birthdays, 20th wedding anniversaries, Sweet 16 parties, surprise 30th birthdays. We try to make ourselves a nice location to accommodate

12 or 112.

You purposely built Rule (3) to be a place for families and teens to hang out. Why was creating that type of business important to you?

It is fun to see families do things together. Sometimes, we literally have four generations of a family celebrating here. You don't see that anymore. Our goal was to bring that back.

While playing games, kids earn tickets to redeem for prizes. One of the prizes is an Xbox Connect that requires 35,000 tickets. Has anyone ever won one?

We just had a lady do it. I thought it was pretty good that she was able to get her children to save their tickets.

Do you offer any specials to attract families?

We have a food and fun combo. It's nine different entrees or meals that you can choose from and get $10 to use anywhere. We also have a kids-eat-free special on Mondays.

RULE (3)

650 Windmiller Dr.


Hours: 11 a.m.-12 a.m. Sunday-Wednesday, 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Thursday-Saturday