Legal troubles with out-of-town contractor delay reopening of Mission Bowl

Fire gutted the nearly 60-year-old Mission Bowl building on Martway in April 2015.
Fire gutted the nearly 60-year-old Mission Bowl building on Martway in April 2015.

The owners of Mission Bowl this week announced that they were seeking legal action against an unnamed out-of-state contractor that had been hired to help stabilize and secure the site for restoration after a fire gutted the nearly 60 year old business in April 2015.

Restoration plans hatched in the months after the fire suggested that the bowling alley, which has been in the family for 58 years and four generations of ownership, could have reopened as early as October 2015. But progress stalled on the center last fall, and the owners hinted that trouble with a contractor had thrown a wrench into their plans.

On Thursday, owner Beverly O’Donnell issued a press release saying that the family “intends to re-open its bowling center located at 5399 Martway, Mission, Kansas, as soon as is realistically possible.”

O’Donnell said that the company is seeking litigation with “the out-of-town contractor retained to stabilize the premises after the fire loss and to prevent further damage from the elements.”

O’Donnell added that the company could not address more specific questions on account of the pending litigation, but noted that the legal action is “preventing the hope for early restoration of the premises and reopening of the business for its loyal patrons.”