The strike is over. Philipsburg Super Bowl is about to be back in business.
The bowling alley will reopen under new ownership in April after being closed for about a year.
Philipsburg Super Bowl co-owner Paul Brimmeier has already taken a few turns at the pins.
“I haven’t bowled in a few weeks,” Brimmeier said. “I bowled a little when we decided to buy it. I was wrapping my head around what we got ourselves into and having the final goal of having a place that looks amazing and gives people an amazing experience. Reality is setting in, and I think we’re in really good shape for us to open.”
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The business will host a ribbon-cutting for the people who helped make the new business venture possible. They include the Moshannon Valley Economic Development Partnership, state representatives and bankers.
“It’s a thank you to everyone for helping us to get this all aligned,” Brimmeier said.
The business will also have an invite-only soft opening a week before its grand opening, which will take place by April 8.
“We want to get our folks a little seasoned before the masses come through the day we really open,” he said. “It takes a lot of work to understand all the nuances of operations. Fortunately, we have a really good staff. It’s a matter of putting it all together with a little practice.”
Philipsburg Super Bowl also reinvented itself in some ways, particularly with a restaurant setting for people who would just want to have lunch or dinner.
“We basically created a separate business within the bowling alley,” he said. “It’s less a bar and more a place where people can sit down like they would in a restaurant. We have entree-based food, easy to put in a basket and eat, wings, chicken, salads, steak, burgers, fries, pizza. We’ll have a wait staff rather than people walking up to a window for food. We’ll have waiters seeing what people need.”
It is unknown if the business, which has the same owners as Genna Ice Co., will have its liquor license approved by the grand reopening.
“They’re ready to be back,” Brimmeier said. “Drinks might be a key element to some people’s presence here, and we’ll get that reconciled but everyone is ready to be back. We’re happy to bring this back.”