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Big Al's Overview

Vancouver, WA
501 to 1000 employees
Company - Private
Casual Restaurants
Unknown / Non-Applicable
Big Al’s is the premier family-owned & family-friendly Entertainment Destination with locations in Beaverton, OR, Meridian, ID, Ontario, CA, Silicon Valley, CA (Opening February 2019!), and Vancouver, WA.

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Mission: We believe in a FUN, SAFE, and REWARDING entertainment center for the whole family and a place where community can come together.

Company Updates

  • We are getting closer and closer to opening our new location in Silicon Valley. In the meantime check out our four other amazing locations for your holiday parties or drop by and pick up some gift cards to make for an awesome holiday gift and stocking stuffer that will leave lasting memories!

  • Check out the progress of our new location in Silicon Valley, CA!

    Big Al's Silicon Valley

    Big Al's Silicon Valley. 35 likes · 1 was here. Premier Sports Bar, Entertainment Center & Corporate Event Space. Clean, safe FUN for kids of ALL ages!!

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Big Al's – Why Work For Us?

Big Al's is a Premier Sports Bar and Entertainment Center that features premier accommodations and exceptional customer service. Big Al's Corporate Offices are located in Vancouver, Washington, and now boasts five locations--Vancouver, Washington; Beaverton, Oregon; Meridian, Idaho; Silicon Valley, California; and Ontario, California.

All Big Al's locations feature luxurious bowling lanes, a state-of-the-art arcade, and a stadium-style Sports Bar and Grill featuring a 55' HD BIG screen. Big Al's is a full service venue capable of entertaining groups in size that range from 12 to well over 1,000 guests.


After visiting a smoke-free bowling alley in Central Oregon — and after having a great time, of course! —  real estate developers Al & Sandee Kirkwood recognized that there wasn’t necessarily a clean, safe & fun place they could take their grandkids near their hometown. Along with their son Daniel, they then traveled the US looking at family fun centers, bowling alleys, and family-friendly restaurants only to realize that their ultimate vision didn’t really exist. To that end, Big Al’s was born.

Opened in 2006, Big Al’s Vancouver (WA) was the first of its kind to bring bowling lanes, an arcade, and a sports book-style restaurant under one roof. The industry wasn’t sure what to call Big Al’s at the time, so the term “hybrid” Family Entertainment Center (FEC) was born. After four successful years, they launched their second Big Al’s in Beaverton, OR, in 2010, and their third in 2012 in Meridian, Idaho and have since built two in CA from 2017 to 2019. 

As the retail landscape has changed, so too have the opportunities to continue to grow and bring family-friendly entertainment to additional markets, including the Inland Empire in Southern California where Big Al’s Ontario opened to much community and industry fanfare in 2017. And, just announced, Big Al’s will be expanding to California’s Silicon Valley with a tentative open date of October 2018.


With so much to do at Big Al’s, you can’t NOT have a great time! Grab a few friends — or make a few new ones while you’re here!


Clean & comfortable, Big Al’s is smoke-free and family-friendly. Just so you don’t have to worry.


Become a Big Al’s MVP and Season Pass Holder for additional perks, discounts, and events!


Big Al’s is committed to our local communities and supporting as many events and organizations as possible. On a larger scale we partner and support the Doernbecker Children's Hospital, No Kid Hungry and many other wonderful charities. 

Our Big Al’s, Big Hearts volunteers also do quarterly projects in our communities from building homes and packing food to teaching water safety and hosting blood drives. We couldn’t be who we are without our communities, so we strive to give back.

We work hard and play hard, too. Join our team today!


We constantly seek talented, energetic & enthusiastic candidates to join the Big Al’s family! Though we work hard, we play hard too, and offer competitive pay & benefits packages as well as a FUN, SAFE & REWARDING work environment with staff members who are passionate about our work!

You are welcome to stop by Big Al’ and see what we are all about. While you're at it drop by the front desk for an application!

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    Big Al's doesn't feel like a "job", it feels like home and provides a place to learn, excel, and grow - personally & professionally.


    Insurance benefits could be better for Managers that need to add their family members.

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Big Al's photo of: Our team volunteering at the Oregon Food Bank!
Big Al's photo of: Our team doing some environmental clean-up for our Big Al's Big Hearts program during spring 2018.
Big Al's photo of: Our Big Al's Big Hearts program is about giving back to our communities. Our team was cleaning coolers for SHARE to place lunches in for school children.
Big Al's photo of: Our employees experience great support for their health and wellness goals. We do everything as a team!
Big Al's photo of: Staying healthy is always easier when doing it with Big Foot!
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    I applied in-person. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Big Al's (New York, NY) in March 2015.


    I went in there to apply for a delivery position but ended up getting a prep cook's job because the manager told me that there was a prep cook position available.

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    • They asked me how long I have worked in the restaurant business.   1 Answer
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