Quimby Village improves as Village Bowl comes down

The old Village Bowl building in Quimby Village is being torn down to make way for more parking.

Posted: Oct 2, 2018 6:11 PM
Updated: Oct 3, 2018 1:28 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (FOX 55) - Quimby Village, now home to the Clyde Theatre, has been home to a number of businesses over the years. one of the mainstays was Village Bowl.

The last pin fell in 2011 and in a Facebook post from the Clyde, after purchasing all the vacant buildings in Quimby Village, Sweetwater has decided to tear down the bowling alley.

Jeff Ostermann, vice president of Sweet Family of Companies explained the decision, saying "It was just a building that was far beyond repair that when we've talked to other people about potentially coming in and doing something with it, it just didn't make economic sense for anybody to get engaged with trying to put back together a building that wasn't working anymore."

Some see it as a good thing since tearing down the building will add 100 new, much needed, parking spots, but others, like Teddy Ballard who is part of the Don Hall's Restaurant next door, see it as a missed opportunity.

"We were hoping maybe they would maybe remodel that and open it backup and keep the nostalgia of bowling alley here," Ballard said.

With the Clyde Theatre coming in, business has come back to Quimby Village. La Fogata restaurant next door to the Clyde recently remodeled and manager Eduardo Guzman believes Sweetwater is making the right decision to take down Village Bowl.

Guzman said, "Business has been good, can't complain...the Clyde Theatre attracted a lot of new customers. A lot more people turn this way. They saw new things happening, people kept turning this way, well now they turn this way, back then it was a lonely plaza."

Sweetwater isn't done with Quimby Village yet,  Ostermann says they want to continue to improve the area based on what Fort Wayne residents have been saying. "We're pretty far along with some pretty good conversations and I think in 2019, we'll have some some more exciting things to share. "

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