BROWNSVILLE, Ohio — Kidz Club and Vodka Ice Cream in Bowling Green will be able to stay open during the 21st International Bowling Classic, even though the MillerCoors-owned company shut down the merchandise and catering area.
After the company closed its merchandise and catering parking lot, Kidz Club and Vodka Ice Cream, which sells packages of frozen vodka ice cream and other products, will remain open for the cold weather with parking where it was located. Because of the location, workers at the ice cream company can get plenty of food and drinks at their location, and the shop is a vendor on the Centennial Expressway, so naturally kids can visit both.
A Valley Resource Group spokeswoman confirmed that the ice cream and food were intended for uses during the tour, but problems surrounding the casino turned the ice cream business into a source of revenue.
“We only used the space a short time, and we’re processing ice cream; the sports bar and video center may open in the near future,” a spokesman said. “Although we could definitely use our space if needed, it will be a lot of work.”
In March, West Side Ink, a cigar bar and restaurant owned by Buffalo-area politician Joe Havens, was the only place to eat within the Centennial Expressway after MillerCoors shut down its MetroBrewing facility. Monday was the start of the tour’s 22nd day, and stays at the ice cream company and Vodka Ice Cream locations should help increase the hotels’ average occupancy, but don’t expect many kids to visit the area at the $5 and up price.
“We could have had two more days, but we weren’t able to use it,” spokeswoman Gilda Grady said. “We have to pay for the video center and the hotel’s energy.”
About 140,000 bowlers will participate in the event, with $7 million in revenue expected. Coverage on the tour will reach 93 million homes in 71 markets, on local television outlets, as well as 21 local cable stations and a national sports network.