“Losing Central Bowling Alleys by fire last November was Rock Island’s gain, as it turns out.
Today, Bob Davis and George Gasa of Rock Island, co-proprietors of the old Central, announced plans to construct the Quad-Cities’ newest 24-lane bowling house, scheduled for opening Aug. 1.
The new building, to be known as “Central Bowl” will have the latest in ultra-modern facilities. It will be located at 45th St. and Blackhawk Road, just east of Blackhawk driving range.
Davis and Gasa said the proposed cost of the building will be nearly a half-million dollars. This is minus the cost of automatic pinspotters, which will be rented.
The exterior of the building will be red brick. The building itself will be set back off the highway almost 500 feet. A 300-car parking lot will fill in the space between the road and the structure.
The building will be of L-shaped construction, with a 192-foot front and running 150 feet from front to back.
The unusual width is to accommodate offices and various rooms. The bowling lanes will run from front to back.
The building will include a cocktail lounge, lunch counter, pro shop, utility room, conference room and – the most unusual feature – a nursery, designed to allow mothers to bring their children during the day when a babysitter is not available.
The alleys will feature 24 automatic AMF pinspotters with underground magic circle return racks.
Construction on the building is scheduled to begin immediately.”
April 14, 1960