The owner of Mission Bowl, which on Friday was severely damaged by fire, said she hoped to reopen the family-owned, 24-lane bowling alley in the fall.
“I’d really love to say I’d be open in September,” Beverly O’Donnell, 68, said Saturday afternoon by telephone.
But she said it’s more likely to be later in the fall, as an investigation still needs to be concluded by the fire marshal as well as by O’Donnell’s insurance carrier. A financial settlement and construction would then follow.
Tony Lopez, chief of Consolidated Fire District No. 2 in Johnson County, said Saturday that the cause of the fire was still under investigation, but, at this point, appears to have been “accidental in nature.”
“No malintent,” Lopez said.
Mission Bowl, at 5399 Martway Street in Mission, was built in 1957 by various members of the Dasta family, including Beverly O’Donnell’s father, Joseph Dasta. It opened in 1958.
Fire broke out in the building Friday around 10:30 a.m., O’Donnell said. Employees tried to contain it before calling 911, she said. She said most of the fire damage was centered around the snack-bar area and offices. In extinguishing the fire, firefighters doused the building, including its wood lanes, in water.
O’Donnell and her husband, Micheal, also operate Mission Bowl in Olathe, 1020 South Weaver St. Telephone calls to the Mission site are being forwarded to Olathe.