That's why in many markets, centers are going after more upscale clientele. If their current lower rates are not drawing business, they'll simply target those less impacted by higher rates with better food, bars, and other entertainment.
Should be noted that laser rage is a huge, and profitable draw. I was surprised as well, but it's true. Not only that, laser rage is more expensive than bowling.
I just learned today that one of the most popular independently owned centers in my area is doing a full blown remodel over the summer. The leagues there are more popular than where I bowl. I originally thought that they might just be redoing the lanes and some other updating but they're going the boutique center route with a restaurant, VIP lanes, laser tag, and a redemption arcade that I figure will take up a lot of space. They've said that they need to get more business. It is/was a 34 lane center, I'm almost sure that it will be less when they are done. Not sure what impact this will have on their leagues, but I can't imagine that it will be good. I'll have to ask around next time I'm at my center.