Written by Jenna Morton, News8 reporter
A new family entertainment center is opening soon but for the owner it’s been a long journey.
Back in December of 2010, Town and Country Bowl in Rock Island burned to the ground.
“When he told me that the flames were coming out of the roof, I just started to cry,” owner Frank Miroballi said the day after the fire.
Miroballi knew right away that he wanted to build another place for families.
“There’s nothing like this in the community that has all in one place, I mean it’s fun for children, adults, grandparents, everybody,” Miroballi said.
But this time, it’s in a different location. QC Family Entertainment complex is located in Moline off of 44th Ave and John Deere Road, in the same building that housed Cohen’s furniture store. It has undergone a complete transformation.
“There are 32 bowling lanes, an arcade with 65 games, a 2-level 3,000 square feet laser tag arena, 3 private meeting rooms for corporate events, company meetings, anything along those lines, a full service restaurant and bar,” manager Alan Schopper said.
“It’s amazing, it’s got something for everybody, it’s absolutely beautiful and it’s an amazing project and it’s just going to be a lot of fun for the area,” Schopper said.
The new business has brought along 130 jobs, about 25 of them full-time.
They are still doing some last minute finishing touches but they’re eager to open their doors to the public.
“The smiles on people’s faces after they come in, you know they have a good time and you know hearing their sons or daughters as they’re walking out asking, you know, when can we come back again,” Schopper said.
The grand opening will take place this Friday, September 7 at 9 a.m.