Moline’s Highland Park Bowl, Fargo Lounge shuttered

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MOLINE, Illinois - Generations have bowled and partied at Highland Park Bowl in Moline, but the sign on the door now says closed.

The complex that has been on Moline's Avenue of the Cities since 1959 shut down abruptly two weeks ago.

Former employee Terry Buzea, who worked there for 18 years until last April, says he doesn't know what the deal is.

"Nobody seems to know. There's so many rumors out there, it's been sold. It hasn't been sold. Hy-Vee bought it. That's a rumor. A lot of unanswered questions," Buzea said.

The place has been showing signs of age, and is now managed by the daughters of former owner Sam Gnatovich, who died in 2006.

"A lot of people have memories here. I shot my first 300 here," said Steven Crew, who bowled on leagues there for years.

The Fargo lounge and banquet room are shuttered, too.

A call to the owners has not been returned.

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