Bowlero Lanes Closed; Customers Upset

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POSTED: Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - 6:31pm

UPDATED: Monday, July 15, 2013 - 9:04am

EL PASO - Bowlero Lanes has been open for decades, and now that it's shutting down, locals are devastated to see it go.

"They couldn't get away from the atmosphere here, and it's not like any of the other bowling alleys," said Stanley Gilchrest, who said he's been coming to Bowlero Lanes for over 15 years.  

"It's my second home. A lot of memories, that's the big thing, the memories. The bowling, that was just part of it. It was seeing the people...and you know you'll never see some of them again, because you don't have that meeting place anymore," added Gilchrest.

Stanley said he used to spend five days a week at the bowling alley, and that Friday nights were always a strike.

"We'd come in and bowl then we'd go in the bar and sing karaoke till 2 o'clock in the morning," Gilchrest said.

To many people, the memories at Bowlero Lanes are priceless, but the owners couldn't afford to keep it open anymore.

David Zapatka's family had been running the business for the past 30 years, but there was nothing they could do to keep the place from closing.

"We tried to tough it out the last five and a half years, and we just couldn't tough it out anymore. We were actually using our own money to keep this place operational, and finally, our wallets are bled dry," Zapatka said.

The electricity bill alone was $6,000 a month, and at a buck a game, their money was going down the gutter.

Even though it seems like a total loss for the community, Bowlero Lanes is giving everything from their TV screens to tables and chairs for a good cause.

"We want to keep it here in the community as much as we can and that's why we got with the churches, I got with some military units as well so I can donate as much as I possible can to them. We're going to give more away than sell," Zapatka said.

No one knows what will become of the building yet, but David is ensuring the next business will also give back to the Northeast, like their bowling alley did.
 

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I had been going off and on to Bowlero since the late sixties. I went to high school at Irvin. The military and subsequent move to Dallas, Texas had put a dent in the time I spent visiting there. I am just now reading about Bowlero having shut their doors. How sad. The memories hit me like a brick wall collapsing on me. How could they? Visiting the regulars and sipping spirits at the bar will be missed. Lordy momma where will George Towner go now? It was his second home. lol

"We want to keep it here in the community as much as we can and that's why we got with the churches, I got with some military units as well so I can donate as much as I possible can to them. We're going to give more away than sell," Zapatka said

Now with that said....Everyone go back and look into David Zapatka's facebook post on May 30th. He is flaunting that he got a pool table and all the food from the restaurant. It sure did go to the community of David Zapatka.

ok so now david you have been running it for the past 5 years what happened to a guy named marty? the real gm that was working atleast70 hrs a week up intill id say december was running the place intill JD the bar manager And ADRIAN the advertisement manager which then was promoted to gm i just like how all of a sudden your name appears all of a sudden and your calling the shots!!!!!!!!!!!!

You need to reread the passage, it doesnt say that David was running the business it says David's family. Of course his name is going appear on the news article he grew up their and it's his families. So whatever issue you are having get it over it. This is a huge loss for the family, the people that grew up there, and the people that just called it their second home. I am sure there was more to the news article however they limit what they put out. LEAVE DAVID ALONE.

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