NORTH KANSAS CITY, Missouri – After decades as a go-to option for bowling, banquets and more in North Kansas City, the AMF Pro Bowl Lanes and adjoining Finnigan’s Hall closed abruptly this week.
City officials tell FOX4 that a private entity has taken possession of the 10-acre site without providing further details on future plans for the property.
“There are a lot of memories attached to this building,” said Mindy Hart, a longtime resident.
As the publicity manager for events like North Kansas City’s Snake Saturday Parade, Hart said it was definitely the end of an era.
“It’s an institution in North Kansas City,” she said. “It was the Gold Buffet and, of course, the bowling, miniature golf and go-karts. But it also became Finnigan’s Hall, which was an event space when Mickey Finn owned it, who is the founder of Snake Saturday.
Employees apparently received little notice of the change in ownership and the sudden closure. A sign pasted on the front door simply reads “Closed Center”.
Workers could be seen exiting heavy machinery used to reset the pins on Friday. An anonymous person at the scene explained that some of the materials will be reused in other locations while some of them will be donated to churches.
Longtime residents like Hart said the shutdown was another bittersweet example of North Kansas City’s evolution.
“It’s a booming industry for business, but it’s also a booming industry with apartments coming in,” Hart said. “We’re going to be sad about the loss of bowling and Finnigan’s Hall, but I think in the end we’ll be happy to see what comes next.”
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