Town and Country owner to open bowling, arcade center in August


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Posted Online: March 27, 2012, 10:10 pm
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By Rita Pearson, rpearson@qconline.com
The owner of the former Town and Country Bowling Lanes in Rock Island will open a bowling and arcade entertainment center in the former Cohen's Furniture building in August, while he continues to search for a suitable site in Rock Island for another bowling center.

Frank Miroballi said Tuesday he plans to open the QC Family Entertainment Center "by the end of the first week in August" at 4401 44th Ave., Moline.

The 48,500-square-foot center will include 32 bowling lanes, including eight specially outfitted boutique-style lanes for leagues and private parties, an arcade/game room with 50 to 70 arcade games, a 3,000-square-foot sports bar/ lounge, four party rooms, a satellite bar and 110-seat restaurant and a two-story, 3,500-square-foot laser tag area.

The more than $5 million center will replace the former Town and Country Bowling Lanes, 3636 11th St., Rock Island, which was torn down in early 2011 after a fire gutted the structure on Dec. 21, 2010. Mr. Miroballi operated the Town and Country Bowling Lanes since he bought it from the late Buddy Bateman in 2004. Miroballi Properties LLC still owns the vacant property, according to Rock Island County property tax records.

Mr. Miroballi said he's still looking for a suitable Rock Island site, as he promised after the fire. He said Tuesday he wanted to open a new bowling center under the Town and Country Bowling name to replace the 11th Street bowling and pizza operation. The planned Rock Island site, which has not been determined, will be smaller than the QC Family and Entertainment Center but "large enough to satisfy the demographics," he said.

"Rock Island did a nice job helping me get through my loss," he said.



All bowling leagues that previously used the former Town and Country Lanes will be invited to bowl at the new QC Family Entertainment Center, Mr. Miroballi said. One of his office managers has begun calling the leagues to offer them first right of refusal to relocate to the Moline location, he said.

Mr. Miroballi said he's been working with specialty architect Phil Fitzgerald, of Oklahoma City and operations consultant Tom Funk, of Greenwood, Ind., on the footprint and interior details of the entertainment center to offer the latest in bowling and entertainment industry standards. He said he knows traditional bowling operations but sought help from the industry professionals for the latest trends, such as big-screen overhead projectors.

The building's interior is now a shell but demolition of its infrastructure will begin next week, he said. He plans to use local subcontractors.

Job interviews for 20 full-time and 50 to 70 part-time positions will begin in early May, Mr. Miroballi said. The jobs will be for the arcade, kitchen and maintenance operations and include one or two party coordinators. Information about the job application process will be posted on temporary signs at the building as well as a local telephone number.

General manager Jon Carter, of Shenandoah Valley, Va., will start in mid April.




















 



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